“OTHERWISE I MIGHT NOT HAVE BEEN ABLE TO COPE AT ALL”: A RESEARCH PROJECT ON THE RESIDENTIAL CARE OF CHILDREN AND ADOLESCENTS

Silke Birgitta Gahleitner, Christina Frank, Heidemarie Hinterwallner, Katharina Gerlich, Martha Schneider, Hermann Radler

Abstract


Today, residential care for children and adolescents is under scrutiny to a far greater degree than was the case only 20 years ago. Psychosocial trauma approaches — especially in the German-speaking countries — have become far more widespread over the past few years. But how do they in fact work? This was the subject of a recent Austrian research project that looked for “examples of best practice” in a mixed-methods study. The quantitative part of the study comprised symptom-oriented questionnaires. Within the qualitative part of the study semi-structured interviews as well as group discussion were conducted. This article reflects some specific results of the study in the light of theoretical aspects of the psychosocial trauma approach; in Germany, this is also called the “trauma-pedagogical approach”

Keywords


psychosocial trauma work, residential care, mixed-method designs

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.18357/ijcyfs91201818118



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