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Title: The other
Author: Hormoz, Emma Darya
Awarding Body: City University London
Current Institution: City, University of London
Date of Award: 2012
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There is substantial research literature concerned with 'the couple' and 'the affair', . although, the experience of the extra-dyadic partner, often known as 'the other lover', appears to have been overlooked. To date there is limited research exploring this 'third' party within the affair; the majority of the research is dated and from a North American perspective. This qualitative research project seeks to understand the experience of the 'affair' from the 'other' woman's perspective. Eight women who were, or had been, the 'other' woman were individually interviewed about their experience. The interview transcripts were methodically analysed using interpretative phenomenological analysis (JP A). Three superordinate themes emerged; setting the scene, desire and something missing. . The findings suggest these 'other' women experienced stigma from the society and 'individuals; leading to a need to produce justifications for their relationship. Paradoxically, these features framed the relationship', attributing to libidinal desire; the women expressed enjoying the fantasy of the context and the concept of 'forbidden fruit'. However, their lover being married meant there were many restrictions on the relationship which led to the women experiencing a reduction in self-esteem. Typically, the participants expressed difficulties with communicating their emotional needs and often pursuing a relationship which they viewed as a dead-end. . On the basis of these findings a number of recommendations have been made. This study provides insight into this experience, aiding clinical practice, and raising awareness of the political and societal structures which appear to frame these 'other' women's relationships and sexual identity.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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