This chapter investigates children’s accounts of ordinariness when they talk about trauma and trauma recovery. We were struck by the fact that children when they were invited to talk about their experience with trauma would say things like ‘It was just a coincidence’ or ‘I just started to forget it’. Our first thoughts were that the particle ‘just’ seemed so ‘ill-fitted’ to the description of these serious, painful events, as they seemed to construct what happened as‘nothing out of the ordinary’ . Why would children describe potentially life-altering occurrences like losing a sibling or a parent in ways that suggested it had only had a minor impact on their lives? It is these initial questions that prompted us to explore what these mentions of ‘just’ do in children’s tellings of trauma and trauma recovery.
|Title of host publication||The Palgrave Handbook of Child Mental Health|
|Subtitle of host publication||Discourse and Conversation Studies|
|Editors||Michelle O'Reilly, Jessica Nina Lester|
|Place of Publication||Basingstoke Hampshire UK|
|Number of pages||18|
|Publication status||Published - 1 Jan 2015|