Using conversation analysis for understanding children’s talk about traumatic events

Bateman, Amanda, Danby, Susan J., & Howard, Justine (2015) Using conversation analysis for understanding children’s talk about traumatic events. In O'Reilly, Michelle & Lester, Jessica Nina (Eds.) The Palgrave Handbook of Child Mental Health. Palgrave MacMillan, Houndmills, Basingstoke, Hampshire New York, NY, pp. 402-421.

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Abstract

This chapter provides a theoretical overview of literature that uses conversation analysis (CA) to explore children’s interactions related to trauma and associated mental health matters. The relatively new approach of using CA to understand trauma reveals the importance of talk in the process of recovery, and also how the participants co-construct talk about traumatic experiences. The chapter will explore literature using a CA approach to investigate children’s trauma talk with professionals as well as literature specifically discussing children’s talk about their traumatic experiences with people who are not qualified therapists or psychiatrists. We conclude by calling for more research using a CA approach for investigating children’s traumatic experiences due to the insight it provides into each child’s personal sense making of traumatic events with a range of people.

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ID Code: 81839
Item Type: Book Chapter
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Keywords: traumatic events, conversation analysis, mental health, children, adolescents, young people, counselling, teachers, counsellors, CEDM
ISBN: 9781137428318
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > SPECIALIST STUDIES IN EDUCATION (130300) > Educational Counselling (130305)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > LANGUAGES COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE (200000) > LINGUISTICS (200400) > Discourse and Pragmatics (200403)
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Children & Youth Research Centre
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Current > Schools > School of Early Childhood
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2015 Palgrave MacMillan
Deposited On: 16 Feb 2015 22:40
Last Modified: 05 Feb 2016 06:59

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