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ERIC Number: EJ776233
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Nov
Pages: 15
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 39
ISSN: ISSN-0306-9885
The Impact of Trauma on Drug Users' Identities
Etherington, Kim
British Journal of Guidance & Counselling, v35 n4 p455-469 Nov 2007
This article addresses drug users' identity construction, and invites counsellors, psychotherapists, researchers and others who work with drug misusers to notice how cultural and societal discourses can shape drug misusers' stories, and the positions from which helpers listen and respond to them. By representing and analysing parts of two life stories, gathered as part of a wider narrative inquiry, this article draws attention to the learning embedded in a person's story about how traumatic life experiences shaped their drug misuser identity during adolescence and young adulthood. It suggests that by focusing on identity construction and reconstruction we can enable drug users to identify the discourses that have shaped their identities and thereby open up spaces for new and more hopeful stories of identity to emerge.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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