Dr Peter Appleton has a part-time visiting fellowship with the School of Health and Social Care at the University of Essex. His primary research interest is in the practical reasoning, internal conversations, and social support networks of young people in transition from out-of-home care (i.e. residential care or foster care). At Essex University we have completed two intensive qualitative studies with care leavers, both using Professor Margaret Archer's qualitative internal conversations interview framework, and both using IPA for conceptualisation, analysis, and reporting. Four papers have been published: three empirical papers, and a theoretical paper which looks at the relevance of the work of philosophers Michael Bratman and Jennifer Morton to understanding agency in young people transitioning from care. A book is in preparation.
Hung, I and Appleton, P (2016). To plan or not to plan: The internal conversations of young people leaving care, Qualitative Social Work, 15, 1, 35-54
Barratt, C, Appleton, P & Pearson, M (2020) Exploring internal conversations to understand the experience of young adults transitioning out of care. Journal of Youth Studies, 23(7), 869-885.
Appleton, P (2020) Anchors for deliberation and shared deliberation: Understanding planning in young adults transitioning from out-of-home care, Qualitative Social Work, 19, (5-6), 1130-1146.
Appleton, Hung, and Barratt (2021) Internal conversations, self-reliance, and social support in emerging adults transitioning from out-of-home care: an interpretative phenomenological study (published 22nd April 2021 in Clinical Child Psychology and Psychiatry).
After studying psychology at Durham University, Peter trained in clinical psychology at Glasgow University in the early 1970s, subsequently working as a clinical psychologist in multidisciplinary NHS paediatric and child and adolescent mental health services (1973-2006: Oxford, Norwich, North-East Wales, Cambridge, Bedford).
In parallel with clinical work, he has worked as a university researcher and teacher (1995-present: Bangor, Cambridge, Essex). Peter’s PhD training, at Liverpool University's Department of Public Health and Policy, in the early 1990s, was in behavioural and social epidemiology (supervisor: Professor Peter Pharoah). More recently, qualitative research ideas and methods, especially those based on intensive individual interviews and analysis, have been a primary focus.
For publications please see Google Scholar or Researchgate.
University of Glasgow,
University of Strathclyde,
University of Essex
School of Health and Social Care,
Essex University (1/1/2020 - present)
Honorary Senior Lecturer,
Clinical Psychology, Health and Social Care,
Essex University (1/1/2010 - 1/1/2019)
Cambridge University (2000 - 2006)
Senior Lecturer in Clinical Psychology,
Bangor University (1995 - 2000)