Dr Jayne Galinsky graduates
After three years of hard work, Jayne Galinsky graduates with her unique PhD
"Last week I graduated from the University of Stirling. I had completed my PhD, which examined the impact of dream fulfilment on children with life threatening and long term conditions and their families.
My PhD was a unique collaboration between the University of Stirling and dream fulfilment charity Dreams Come True. The research began in 2012 and finished in 2015, and during that time I spoke to many families who had had a dream fulfilled by Dreams Come True.
Through doing this research I found that dream fulfilment provided children and young people with a sense of agency. Many children and young people, as a result of being ill and being young had many decisions made on their behalf by parents and health professionals. Choosing a dream therefore empowered children and young people, and gave them a sense of control over a part of their future.
During the dream ill children and young people also became distracted from illness routines and pain. Illness shifted from its central position in the family to the background. Dream experiences additionally gave families a chance to create memories. For some of the children and young people with short prognoses, dream experiences such as holidays were final family trips. Thus, the memories created during dream experiences were extra special.
These findings are just a small snapshot of what I found out about the impact of dream fulfilment. The rest is written up as part of my doctoral thesis, and will be published in the future.
We will keep you updated on where and when you can find out more. For now, here is a photo of me with my degree!"
Author: Daniel Dockery
Source: Dreams Come true
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