Master of Arts (MA)
Faculty of Science
This critical ethnography examines the perceptions of adolescents at-risk with respect to their experiences of help, both formal and informal. Ten (10) adolescents who had been involved with the Bridges psychoeducational program, an interagency partnership intervention for high-risk youth in the Waterloo region, were interviewed about their experience with the programs and people who attempt to support them. Placing great importance on using the adolescent’s words to speak to their own needs and experiences, this study's main ﬁndings suggest that adolescents are not given voice by many helpers; most help agents fail to truly help these adolescents in a meaningful way, that effective helpers and healers have speciﬁc qualities to them; families are very important; and that a supportive community is essential to effective service delivery. The ﬁndings are discussed in relation to the literature on healing communities and other forms of service delivery for adolescents at-risk Recommendations for professionals and the community are offered.
Norman, Cameron Dale, "A voice for our future: High-risk adolescents' perceptions and experiences about help and healing interventions" (1998). Theses and Dissertations (Comprehensive). 673.