Psychological sence of community as a framework to explore adolescence and neighbourhood

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O'Grady, Lynette and Fisher, Adrian (2008) Psychological sence of community as a framework to explore adolescence and neighbourhood. The Australian Community Psychologist, 20 (2). pp. 44-57. ISSN 1835-7393


Adolescence is considered a time of change, and, to some extent, upheaval. Psychological Sense of Community has been utilised as a framework for understanding adolescents’ experiences in their neighbourhoods. The present study explored the experiences of 10 adolescents from two urban schools in eastern Australia, a specialist setting for students with a mild intellectual disability, and a mainstream school. Using a modified version of Photovoice, participants were actively engaged in taking photographs about their day-to-day lives in their neighbourhoods. The photographs were supplemented by individual semi-structured interviews and small group discussions. The role of neighbourhood, including factors the participants considered important in their neighbourhoods, as well as other aspects of their lives were discussed with similarities found between the two groups. Both groups of participants were involved in community activities although participants with a disability required more family support in accessing activities. The dynamic nature of neighbourhoods and broader concepts of communities, including the role of technology, were also explored during the research project.

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Subjects Historical > FOR Classification > 1608 Sociology
Historical > FOR Classification > 1701 Psychology
Historical > Faculty/School/Research Centre/Department > School of Social Sciences and Psychology
Historical > SEO Classification > 970117 Expanding Knowledge in Psychology and Cognitive Sciences
Keywords ResPubID15698, adolescence, time of change, upheaval, adolescent neighbourhood experiences, two urban schools in eastern Australia, specialist school for students with mild intellectual disability, participants’ photographs of neighbourhood life, role of neighbourhood
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