The benefits of life stories to trauma research: Child disaster studies through ecological-developmental lenses

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Abstract

The increasing proliferation of psychological child disaster studies also reflects limitations in trauma research. This article defines four ecological-developmental (ED) lenses (Person, Context, Time, Process) for mapping lacunas in child disaster studies and illustrating the benefits of qualitative life stories, using two case studies from different circumstances. The article reveals an overall narrow and non-integrative ED focus among child disaster studies and an in-depth and wide-ranging ED focus provided by life stories. It also presents the unique outcomes of the stories in the form of Trajectories intertwining with Life. The new outcomes can offer broader contributions to trauma research.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)564-578
Number of pages15
JournalChildren and Society
Volume36
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 2022

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Publisher Copyright:
© 2021 National Children's Bureau and John Wiley & Sons Ltd.

Keywords

  • child disaster studies
  • ecological-developmental
  • life story
  • Trajectories intertwining with Life (TiL)
  • trauma and PTEs

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health(social science)
  • Education
  • Life-span and Life-course Studies

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