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Title: Social construction of unscheduled crisis in the lives of younger women
Author: Lucas, J.
Awarding Body: University College of Swansea
Current Institution: Swansea University
Date of Award: 1994
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This thesis concerns crisis among women in early adulthood. A sample of women aged 20-40 was screened for the occurrence of stressful life experience, and a woman qualified through the screen if she had experienced 11 or more stressful life events in the year prior to questionnaire administration. The women who qualified thus were interviewed about their experience in order to investigate the possible occurrence of crisis. A pre-fieldwork model of the development of crisis situations was designed. Women's interview accounts of crisis were matched against the model and the validity of the model was proven. A pre-fieldwork typology of objective crisis situations was modified in the light of the research data, as was a typology of crisis response. The thesis investigates objectively identified situations of crisis (which may or may not be subjectively identified as such) and subjective crisis experience. A discussion of these topics provides information on the nature of crises in the locality studied and also on the local meaning of the term 'crisis', a term that it was necessary to define objectively in the thesis to avoid the pitfalls of using such a multivalent word. The underpinnings of the social meaning of crisis are therefore discussed, with reference to the way crisis is socially constructed by the interviewees. In the course of the thesis, the significance of the relationship between interview format and interview content is indicated. This is discussed per se, and with reference to the relationship between an interview's format and the view of coping with crisis (and therefore constructing it) held by the interviewee. Three types of coping schema are identified, that correspond to the three types of interview format discussed.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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