Appreciative Inquiry in Youthful Offender Psychiatric Nursing Research
Article first published online: 18 APR 2011
© 2011 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.
Journal of Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Nursing
Volume 24, Issue 2, pages 122–129, May 2011
How to Cite
Bonham, E. (2011), Appreciative Inquiry in Youthful Offender Psychiatric Nursing Research. Journal of Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Nursing, 24: 122–129. doi: 10.1111/j.1744-6171.2011.00277.x
- Issue published online: 18 APR 2011
- Article first published online: 18 APR 2011
- Adolescent mental health;
- appreciative inquiry;
- juvenile delinquency;
- life patterns;
- nursing science;
- qualitative research methodology;
- unitary appreciative inquiry;
- youthful offender
PROBLEM: Combined with demonstrated impulsive behaviors and culturally bound expectations, youth who are detained in the juvenile justice system are challenged to find opportunities to articulate their stories and life experiences that contribute to a future life.
METHODS: Appreciative inquiry (AI) as a research method is used to analyze interviews of youth residing in a juvenile detention center.
FINDINGS: The narrative, or life pattern, that youth in detention express is explicated through the four processes of the 4-D Cycle in AI. The processes are discovery, dreaming, designing, and delivery.
CONCLUSIONS: AI as a research method is useful to conduct interviews with detained youth, to provide a data analysis method for qualitative interviews, and generate nursing interventions. Through articulation of their own stories, youth discover voice and envision empowerment.