Friendship plays an important role in the development of identity in adolescence. Amongst young people who have experienced an acquired brain injury, friendship can be seen as a key site in the reconstruction of identity. This paper draws on research conducted with nine young people all of whom had experienced a life threatening brain injury, in the main following a road traffic accident. The research employed a creative approach to data collection, namely using collage to mediate a narrative method. The paper draws on findings from the study in relation to the interplay between friendship, interpersonal relationships with peers and the redrawing of identity amongst participants. Excerpts from collages and narratives are used to illustrate the paper. Changes in participants’ social world are highlighted in the wake of a diminished social circle, and participants’ description of how they internalise perceived negative interactions in terms of their redrawn sense of self are described.
|Title of host publication||Building Understandings: Child, Youth, Family and Disability.|
|Editors||Katherine Runswick-Cole, Tillie Curran, Kirsty Lidiard|
|Publication status||Published - 2017|