Identity and Meaning in Vulnerable Young People

Investigators:

Debbie Noble-Carr, Dr Justin Barker, Prof Morag McArthur

Funding Source:

ACU Institute for Catholic Identity and Mission

Aim:

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.

For more information about this project, contact Debbie Noble-Carr or Dr Justin Barker.

Outputs:

Research monograph

Noble-Carr, D., Barker, J., & McArthur, M. (2013). Me, Myself and I: Identity and Meaning for Vulnerable Young People. Canberra: Institute of Child Protection Studies, ACU.

Associated publications

Institute of Child Protection Studies. (2013, 16 April). Research Report Launch: Me, Myself and I - Identity and meaning for vulnerable young people [Media Release]. Canberra: Institute of Child Protection Studies, ACU.

Noble-Carr, D. (2013, 16 April). Seminar and Launch: Identity and Meaning for vulnerable young people [rich media playback]. Canberra: Institute of Child Protection Studies, ACU.

Noble-Carr, D., & Barry, E. (2013). Identity and meaning in the lives of vulnerable young people. Research to Practice Series, Issue 2, June. Canberra: Institute of Child Protection Studies, ACU.