The purpose of this study was to explore through the eyes of middle school adolescents their thoughts and perceptions about their experiences with depression. The researcher was searching for a greater understanding of the lived experiences of depressed students as it manifests in the middle school setting. The population sample consisted of six middle school adolescents who were previously or currently diagnosed with a depression. Students were interviewed and audio-taped individually in order to investigate their experiences with depression. The intent was also to examine how middle school adolescents cope with depression on a daily basis and how their depression has affected their relationships and their school performance. Through this in-depth phenomenological, qualitative study, the researcher wanted to gain insight from listening to the voices of middle school adolescents and seek recommendations of how school counselors and other school personnel could better assist them in removing barriers to their success. It was the researcher's desire to gather data directly from the students and share this obtained knowledge with school personnel, parents, and counselors, so they can appropriately and effectively respond to the needs of depressed middle school students. The data analysis in this study revealed five emergent themes: hopelessness, person-centered therapy, isolation, relationships/connections, and escape/distractions.Middle school students often believe in an imaginary audience, have a heightened sense of self-consciousness, and ... adolescents presume that their personal experiences are totally unique, a phenomenon known as the personal fable.
|Title||:||A Phenomenological Exploration: The Voices of Middle School Adolescents who Suffer from Depression|
|Author||:||Lia A. Rosales|
|Publisher||:||ProQuest - 2008|