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A Portfolio of Academic, Therapeutic Practice and Research Work Including a Study of Adjustment and a Narrative Analysis of the Evolution of Personal Meaning in the Divorce Transition.

Quatermass, Karen-Anne. (2003) A Portfolio of Academic, Therapeutic Practice and Research Work Including a Study of Adjustment and a Narrative Analysis of the Evolution of Personal Meaning in the Divorce Transition. Doctoral thesis, University of Surrey (United Kingdom)..

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Abstract

 This is Part 2 of a longitudinal qualitative study examining the meaning of divorce to the individual. It adopts an autobiographical approach elaborating upon four narratives and examines the transition accounts (failure’, ‘acceptance’, ‘rebirth’ and ‘retribution’) in the context of the life story and with reference to development and contamination/redemption themes. It discusses factors affecting narrative coherence as indicators of psychological health including balance, validation, acceptance, sense of purpose, continuity/generativity and the ability to tolerate ambiguity and reflexivity. It suggests that agency is a requirement for ‘growth’. If an agentic self has not been able to develop then although growth may be narrated it may be illusory. In such conditions it is suggested that the narrative may merely function to maintain internal consistency.

Item Type: Thesis (Doctoral)
Divisions : Theses
Authors : Quatermass, Karen-Anne.
Date : 2003
Additional Information : Thesis (Psych.D.)--University of Surrey (United Kingdom), 2003.
Depositing User : EPrints Services
Date Deposited : 06 May 2020 14:37
Last Modified : 06 May 2020 14:44
URI: http://epubs.surrey.ac.uk/id/eprint/856306

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