Debbie Noble-Carr, Dr Justin Barker, Prof Morag McArthur
ACU Institute for Catholic Identity and Mission
This qualitative study explored the role and potency that concepts such as identity, and a search for meaning, have in the lives of vulnerable young people. Literature has found that having a positive view of self, the world and the future is important in the lives of vulnerable young people. However, much of this research is international (predominately the UK and USA), and little is actually known about how the current service system in Australia does, or should, support vulnerable young people in a search for positive identity and meaning.
During 2012, 24 interviews were completed with vulnerable young people in the ACT aged between 15 and 25 years. Through these interviews, the study elicited an in-depth narrative of the young people's life experiences, with particular reference to how they view themselves and make sense of their world and their place within it. The implications this has for how the service sector provides support to vulnerable young people was also explored.