Increasing Well-Being and Giving Voice Through Storycrafting to Children Who Are Refugees, Immigrants, or Asylum Seekers

  • Liisa Karlsson
  • Minna Lähteenmäki
  • Anna-Leena Lastikka
Part of the Educating the Young Child book series (EDYC, volume 16)


Research shows that it is challenging to obtain reliable information on the experiences of children living in tenuous circumstances, where they have faced daunting challenges and difficulties. The aim of this chapter is to explore the information provided by asylum-seeking children on their well-being, especially their feelings of security, through use of the Storycrafting method, in which children are given opportunities to tell stories. We also examine how the Storycrafting method functions as a means of creating narrative knowledge among children who live in difficult situations and within a culture of silence. The results show that, through Storycrafting, children tell intense and thick descriptions of their well-being, both positive and negative ones. The Storycrafting method is a valid method for encouraging children who are asylum seeking, immigrants and refugees, as well as other children living in difficult situations, to discuss their well-being and enable professionals to gather information that may be unobtainable in other ways.


Child asylum seekers Child refugees Child immigrants Child well-being Storycrafting method Studies of child perspective 



We would particularly like to thank the asylum-seeking children involved in the study and the Academy of Finland research project ‘Children talk about their well-being – Who listens?’ (TelLis, project number 1134911), the Finnish Cultural Foundation, South Savo Regional Fund (KOTO Project), the KONE Foundation (Storybridges Project) and KASVA (Doctoral Programme in Educational Studies) for making this study possible.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Liisa Karlsson
    • 1
    • 2
  • Minna Lähteenmäki
    • 1
  • Anna-Leena Lastikka
    • 1
  1. 1.The Children Are Telling Research GroupHelsinkiFinland
  2. 2.University of Eastern FinlandJoensuuFinland

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