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Childhood‐Grounded Explanations for Personal Troubles : Social Problems Work in Radio Counseling

Thell, Nataliya LU (2020) In Symbolic Interaction 43(2). p.257-283
Abstract
This paper examines how images of unfortunate childhoods are invoked to make sense of psychological problems in adulthood. I use conversation analysis and membership categorization analysis to study a Swedish radio program in which a psychotherapist talks to people about their personal troubles. The findings suggest that, on one hand, the image of an unfortunate childhood was used as an explanatory framework for individuals' problematic experiences. On the other hand, the childhood‐grounded reasoning, applied to individual cases, illustrated the explanatory framework and reaffirmed it as a commonsense way of reasoning about personal troubles.
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social problems work, radio counseling, childhood asexplanatory framework, membership categorization, conversationanalysis
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Symbolic Interaction
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43
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2
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27 pages
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University of California Press
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0195-6086
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10.1002/symb.443
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English
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Nataliya Thellis a Lecturer at the School of Social Work, Department of Social Sciences at Lund University, Sweden. She earned her MS in Psychology in Kyiv, Ukraine, and her PhD in Social Workin Lund, Sweden. She teaches courses in communication, research in social sciences, and psycho-logical theories in social work. Her research interests include language use in helping relationships, psychotherapeutic discourse, conversation analysis of institutional interaction, membership categorization, and social construction in talk.
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  abstract     = {This paper examines how images of unfortunate childhoods are invoked to make sense of psychological problems in adulthood. I use conversation analysis and membership categorization analysis to study a Swedish radio program in which a psychotherapist talks to people about their personal troubles. The findings suggest that, on one hand, the image of an unfortunate childhood was used as an explanatory framework for individuals' problematic experiences. On the other hand, the childhood‐grounded reasoning, applied to individual cases, illustrated the explanatory framework and reaffirmed it as a commonsense way of reasoning about personal troubles.},
  author       = {Thell, Nataliya},
  issn         = {0195-6086},
  language     = {eng},
  number       = {2},
  pages        = {257--283},
  publisher    = {University of California Press},
  series       = {Symbolic Interaction},
  title        = {Childhood‐Grounded Explanations for Personal Troubles : Social Problems Work in Radio Counseling},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/symb.443},
  doi          = {10.1002/symb.443},
  volume       = {43},
  year         = {2020},
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