Young people's help-seeking: an alternative model

Murray, Cathy (2005) Young people's help-seeking: an alternative model Childhood, 12, (4), pp. 479-494. (doi:10.1177/0907568205058607).


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This article is based on a study of young people's help-seeking. Fifty-five qualitative interviews with young people aged 13–14 are analysed to take account of stage process models. It is argued that while the models do have relevance to young people's help-seeking, they have two key limitations. First, they ignore problem legitimization. Second, they do not accord a place in young people's currenthelp-seeking to prior help-seeking pathways. The view that stage process models represent help-seeking as individualized and static led to the formulation by the author of an alternative help-seeking model, in which problem legitimization from micro to macro levels is incorporated alongside young people's prior helpseeking pathways.

Item Type: Article
Digital Object Identifier (DOI): doi:10.1177/0907568205058607
ISSNs: 0907-5682 (print)
Keywords: help-seeking model, pathways, problem legitimization, young people

ePrint ID: 48083
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1 November 2005Published
Date Deposited: 24 Aug 2007
Last Modified: 16 Apr 2017 18:25
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