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Kathryn Stewart

Doctor of Philosophy, (Social Work)
Study Completed: 2008
College of Humanities & Social Sciences


Thesis Title
Adding Quality to the Quilt: Adolescent experiences of critical incident responses in Secondary schools in Aotearoa New Zealand

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Ms Stewart’s research focused on critical incident responses in secondary schools in Aotearoa New Zealand and identified a gap in the current research. The voices of young people in the delivery of such responses were found to be underrepresented. Ms Stewart’s research aimed to redress this situation by ascertaining from this population their experiences and suggestions, in order to develop responses and services that meet their particular needs. These voices were accessed using several mechanisms, including collaborative groups, individual interviews and a focus group. This ensured that a range of voices (age, gender and ethnicity) was heard. An inductive analysis showed that the processes being used at present are meeting young people’s needs to a certain extent. However, some refinements were requested by the young people in some critical areas outlined within the thesis.

Dr Leland Ruwhiu
Professor Robyn Munford

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