Life-Writing for Victims of Childhood Maltreatment: The Write to Justice and Recovery

Life-Writing for Victims of Childhood Maltreatment: The Write to Justice and Recovery

by Dr. Heather B Fox Griffith MA PhD


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Life-Writing for Victims of Childhood Maltreatment: The Write to Justice and Recovery by Dr. Heather B Fox Griffith MA PhD

Autoethnography, as a qualitative research methodology, produces data suitable for meta-analysis when the interest is in gaining insight into the lived experience of childhood victimization and the relevant cultural, social, historical and political context of individual experience. The life-story of childhood victimization as told in The Write to Justice (Fox, 2014) is based on the personal experience of the researcher. The interdisciplinary meta-analysis of the text generates a mapping and creation of an inventory of social, political and cultural influences that create a terrain of contextual stressors that are likely causal to the subsequent violence, maltreatment and harm inflicted on the child who was conceived outside of marriage and born in the 1950s. The researcher/author provides a thick description of embodied experience and meaning-making as an important part of the process of recovery and toward sensitizing the reader. This phenomenological approach to research methodology addresses concerns with researcher subjectivity and bias and agrees that subjective experience is grounded in self-experience (Anderson L., 2006). Nevertheless, autoethnography reaches beyond the subjective experience of self to include the larger social world. Phenomenological research provides information that can be broadly applied to a population that has experienced the phenomenon of interest. A person who has experienced the phenomenon of interest, even when that person is the researcher self, is representative of that population and can be applied to developing nomothetic or "generalized theoretical understandings" of social processes.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780993770661
Publisher: Heather Fox Griffith
Publication date: 09/30/2014
Pages: 120
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.25(d)

About the Author

DR. HEATHER FOX GRIFFITH is a Regina, Saskatchewan based counsellor who uses a spiritually informed, narrative approach in her practice. Heather spent many years in private, naturopathic practice prior to refocusing her work on narrative therapy and resiliency based counselling services.

Her professional focus is in the area of expressive life-writing with victims of crime and childhood maltreatment. Heather provides trauma counselling and works with individuals who have complex post-traumatic stress reactions. Heather works with individuals and groups in private practice. Her therapeutic approach supports the process of discovering personal strengths and resiliency, important to the healing and recovery process.

Heather is a skilled presenter in group settings which enhances the learning process and maintains a good level of engagement among participants. Heather also facilitates workshops, retreats and training events for professionals from time to time.

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