Interview Summary

A selection of people who have completed the online registration of interest will be invited to interview. The interview is an opportunity to speak about experiences of therapeutic boarding schools in more depth. The aim of the research study is to provide insight into the experiences, perspectives, and narratives of former therapeutic boarding school students. I hope to interview people who have a range of backgrounds and experiences. Participation is voluntary. If you are invited to interview you can choose not to participate.

If you would like to participate in the interview you must complete the registration first and indicate that you are interested in being interviewed.


What the interview involves


Interviews will be around an hour long. Interviews can take place in person, over the phone, or by Skype—this will be arranged with me, Sarah. You will be provided with more information about the interviews if you are invited to participate in this stage of the research. You do NOT have to accept the invitation to interview, likewise, you can pause or stop the interview as you choose.




The interview will be audio recorded and transcribed. All interviews and transcriptions will be stored securely, according to UK research council security regulations, and your information will be kept confidential. Your personal information will NOT be shared with any outside institutions or individuals. In publications based on the research, all responses will be anonymous and any identifying information removed. After the study, anonymous results will be deposited to the UK Research Data Archive, unless you request for your anonymous participation not to be archived.


Who can participate


Participants must be 18 years of age or older and have been a boarding student in at least one therapeutic boarding school in the USA. For the purposes of this research, a therapeutic boarding school is a residential school or academy aimed at teenagers who are considered to have mental health problems or substance misuse issues. They may also be known as ‘emotional growth boarding schools’. The schools typically run 365 days a year, have on-site accommodation, have at least several hours of taught classes on an average weekday, and limit contact with family and peers outside of the school. If you do not meet these criteria, or have questions about this, please let me know.


Conflict of interest


There are no known conflicts of interest. The researcher has no financial, familial or personal investment in the therapeutic boarding school industry. The research is funded by the Economic and Social Research Council, a UK research funding organization that has no known connections to the therapeutic boarding school industry.




If meeting to interview in person, all effort will be made to meet in a convenient, wheelchair accessible, and quiet space. Specific arrangements will be made with each person.