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Title: An exploration of partners' perspectives on adversity and challenge
Author: Bradding, Angela
ISNI:       0000 0004 5915 5373
Awarding Body: City University London
Current Institution: City, University of London
Date of Award: 2015
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This study sought to explore, analyse and interpret the lived experience of partners of problem drinkers (PPDs) such that it may make considered therapeutic recommendations for this potentially vulnerable group of individuals. Ten middle-aged female partners of male problem drinkers were interviewed in semi-structured interviews. Accounts were analysed using Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis (IPA). Nine of the ten women were living with a ‘dry’ problem drinker at the time of the interview, only Ruby remained with Ray who continued to drink heavily. The resultant narratives strongly evoked a ‘journey’; entitled, ‘drinker’s path as partner’s adversity and challenge’. Six superordinate themes (and their associated subthemes) were located along the journey. Namely: ‘Life before the drink problem’; ‘a creeping onset’; ‘in the thick of it’; ‘rock bottom’; ‘resurfacing reservedly’; ‘navigating new relationships’. The themes describe and present many complex, dynamic, and multi-faceted processes of understanding and change along the journey. The themes are further discussed and synthesized in order to provide responsive platforms for therapeutic endeavour which is mindful of the PPDs need to maintain both their relationship and their personal well-being.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (D.Psych.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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Keywords: BF Psychology