Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Capturing a Phenomenon: A Photo-Voice among Intergenerational Narratives in Bosnia-Herzegovina
by White, Jenifer Lorraine, Ph.D., The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, 2015, 144; 3715021
Abstract (Summary)

As communities in Bosnia have experienced genocide, the global community is in need of understanding a way toward justice by recognizing crimes against humanity to further gain insight into reconciliation and healing lives across the lifespan. Understanding intergenerational trauma among Bosnian young adults, who have experienced narratives of crimes against humanity throughout childhood and adolescence, is important for future generations in order to leave the world a better place in which to grow. Photo-voice involved the participant capturing a photo as a means for story elicitation, representation, and reflection of the Bosnian community. This visual medium provided psycho-dynamic insight into a photo-voice where participants reflected upon social needs, promoted critical dialogue, and expressed feeling empowered. As a result of the study, findings indicated from capturing photographs stimulated through narratives between Bosnian young adults shed light in understanding toward healing and communal reconciliation. The present study explored the outcomes through which trauma of one-generation impacts on subsequent generations. The study captured a visual phenomenon, a photo-voice and further examined subjective experiences, beliefs, and perceptions of Bosnian young adults in a post-war society.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Cleve, Robert A.
Commitee: Larsen, Henrik G., Walker, Andrea C.
School: The Chicago School of Professional Psychology
Department: International Psychology: Trauma Services Concentration
School Location: United States -- Illinois
Source: DAI-B 76/11(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Art education, Slavic Studies, Clinical psychology
Keywords: Bosnia-Herzegovina, Intergenerational trauma, Photo-voice, Photographs, Reconciliation, Young adults
Publication Number: 3715021
ISBN: 978-1-321-92943-0
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