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ERIC Number: EJ895354
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 3
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-1089-5701
The Truth in Their Experience: The Evidence from Youth and Families
Garfat, Thom
Reclaiming Children and Youth, v19 n2 p55-57 2010
Relationships are the foundation of all successful helping, and the perspectives of youth and families are crucial and bona-fide sources of evidence. Those who define evidence solely in quantitative terms are clinging to an illusion of reality. Just like practice wisdom (Scott, 1990), the repeated experience-based evidence found in the voices of youth and families is a valid source of evidence for practice. In work with young people and their families, both confirmation of data and completeness of interpretation are important. But without the experience-based evidence added to the "truths" supplied by other reports, formal evaluations, and the like, the information available represents neither confirmation nor completeness. As Tobin and Begley (2004) have said, completeness involves bringing together multiple realities.
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Language: English
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