Traces of Traumatizations in Narrative Interviews


  • Ulrike Loch Universität Kassel



narrative interview, trauma, dissociation, sexualized violence, taboo


Traumatic childhood experiences often lead to the development of dissociation as a defense mechanism, and subsequently to fragmented memories. In narrative interviews this fragmentation is traced in the expressive field of language. In this article a range of case studies are used to illustrate how dissociations, resulting from traumatic experiences in the past as well as the present, may express themselves and how we, as interviewers, can give support to the client in interview situations. Only by understanding the inconsistencies caused by these traumatic experiences, interviewees are able to tell their life histories beyond the collectively effective taboos. By becoming aware of these mechanisms, the researcher can steer clear of reproducing the socially relevant silencing effects, i.e. denial processes, within the context of social scientific research. URN: urn:nbn:de:0114-fqs0801544


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Author Biography

Ulrike Loch, Universität Kassel

Ulrike LOCH, Assistenzprofessorin, Schwerpunkt Sozialpädagogik der Lebensalter Arbeitsschwerpunkte: Qualitative Forschung, Rekonstruktives Fallverstehen in der Sozialen Arbeit, Professionelles Handeln, Traumaforschung, Familien- und Mehrgenerationenforschung



How to Cite

Loch, U. (2008). Traces of Traumatizations in Narrative Interviews. Forum Qualitative Sozialforschung Forum: Qualitative Social Research, 9(1).