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Talking, Hearing, Understanding, Knowing: A qualitative exploration of the experiences of justice-involved youth undergoing assessment for Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder in a juvenile detention centre

PhD Candidate: Sharynne Hamilton

PhD Title: Talking, Hearing, Understanding, Knowing: A qualitative exploration of the experiences of justice-involved youth undergoing assessment for Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder in a juvenile detention centre

 
Summary
The proposed qualitative research aims to examine the views of young people and their families, non-custodial staff working in the detention centre, and youth justice service providers to explore their views and experiences of assessments for FASD or neuro-developmental disability which were undertaken as part of the Banksia Hill Detention Centre prevalence study. The thesis will be underpinned by two theoretical frameworks: ‘Wicked Problems” and Hope.


Examining and reporting on these experiences and understanding the effects of being diagnosed with FASD or a neurodevelopmental disability while engaged in the youth justice system will provide a unique insight into the challenges the young people have experienced in their lives and how they may be assisted. By gaining an in-depth understanding of the complex needs of young people in detention, the study aims to:

  • Gain an in-depth understanding of the complex needs of young people in detention, including participation in FASD assessment process/outcomes.
  • Identify intervention points which may assist young people in detention to find alternative life pathways which enable them to fulfil their hopes.
  • Identify solutions which address the ‘wickedness’ of the problems associated with youth justice systems.
  • Provide a unique contribution to evolving policy in Australian youth justice systems.


Supervisors

  • Professor Carol Bower: FASD Research Australia Centre of Research Excellence; Telethon Kids Institute, The University of Western Australia
  • Dr Melissa O’Donnell: Telethon Kids Institute, The University of Western Australia
  • Clinical Associate Professor Raewyn Mutch: Telethon Kids Institute, The University of Western Australia
  • Dr Tracy Reibel: Telethon Kids Institute, The University of Western Australia
  • Professor Valerie Braithwaite: Australian National University

 

For more information about this PhD project contact Sharynne Hamilton

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