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Verbra Pfeiffer & Sivakumar Sivasubramaniam - First Year Students: Using Expressive Writing to Cope with Trauma
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Verbra Pfeiffer1 & Sivakumar Sivasubramaniam2
1 University of Stellenbosch, South-Africa
2 University of the Western Cape, South-Africa
First Year Students: Using Expressive Writing to Cope with Trauma
Abstract. This study investigated the use of expressive writing to help students deal with any trauma they may be facing. For many students being a first year university student can become a frightening experience. They are not only faced with the new environment, but they also have to deal with new subjects. Besides having to cope with this new social environment they find themselves in, very often students in South Africa come from struggling family environments. This study has been designed against a backdrop of many students coming from very wobbly family structures, where they are faced with the sad reality of broken homes, estranged parents, single parents and parents not being there for them. It will be helpful to view them through interrelated ways by which students behave and react to classroom attendance and in the doing of tasks in class. A qualitative research method was used, which consisted of interviews, journal entries and autobiographical writing. This study was conducted over the duration of a semester at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology. This research was meant to offer support to our premise that students can use expressive writing to deal with any emotional trauma they may be facing. This study, not only investigated the issue of language proficiency, but also...
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