Trauma and the relational dynamics of life-history interviewing

Robert Reynolds*

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Practitioners of oral history and life-history interviewing often claim therapeutic benefits for their practice. This article questions these claims especially when interviews involve a traumatic dimension. The repetitive nature of trauma can undermine the best intentions of the oral historian requiring the interviewer to be alert to both conscious and unconscious dynamics of the interview.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)78-88
Number of pages11
JournalAustralian Historical Studies
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Mar 2012


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