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Divided and Disconnected: An Examination of Youth Experiences with Emotional Distress Within the Context of Their Everyday Lives

2015

Divided and Disconnected: An Examination of Youth Experiences with Emotional Distress Within the Context of Their Everyday Lives

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This paper is based on a qualitative study conducted in a rural community in British Columbia, Canada. Ethnographic methods were used to: (1) to bring youth voice to the literature on emotional distress; and (2) to capture the ways in which context shapes young peoples’ experiences of emotional distress within their everyday lives. Our findings demonstrate how socio-structural contextual factors such as the local economy, geographical segregation, racism, ageism, and cutbacks in health and social service programming operate to create various forms of disconnection, and intersect in young peoples’ lives to shape their experiences of emotional distress.

Jenkins, E. K., Johnson, J. L., Bungay, V., Kothari, A., & Saewyc, E. M. (2015). Divided and disconnected: An examination of youth experiences with emotional distress within the context of their everyday lives. Health & Place, 35, 105-112.

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