Changing the Way We See Ourselves in the World: Critical Youth Participatory Action Research Investigating Intergenerational Trauma and Macro-Cultural Influences with Adolescent Girls
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PHD - Doctor of Philosophy
Peiwei Li, PhD
Donna San Antonio, EdD
Kimberly Cherry, PhD
This study explores the social-ecological experience of human development in adolescent girls in attempts to better understand what young people may need. Five adolescent girls participated in a three-month long critical youth participatory action research study utilizing a photovoice method to investigate environmental messages that impact their identity. Specific themes of intergenerational trauma and macro-cultural influences were identified through a co-generated data analysis process, which contributed to a community action plan. The data generated with the co-researchers provided thematic information for the researcher to apply in a critical discussion exploring the influence of social power structures on families and youth. A Social-Ecological Model of Development in Young People was designed to illustrate the environmental influences that impact mental health in young people. Sociological multi-tiered interventions were also provided as recommendations to support de-pathologizing children and adolescents within the psychology and mental health counseling fields.
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Sinjab, Raja, "Changing the Way We See Ourselves in the World: Critical Youth Participatory Action Research Investigating Intergenerational Trauma and Macro-Cultural Influences with Adolescent Girls" (2023). Counseling and Psychology Dissertations. 18.