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Title: The representation and interpretation of change in intimate relationships : a study of homosexual and heterosexual couples
Author: Satchell, Margaret G.
ISNI:       0000 0001 3553 4836
Awarding Body: Open University
Current Institution: Open University
Date of Award: 2001
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Stemming from an interest in the process of therapeutic change in couple relationships, this study was undertaken in order to access people's narratives of change, and discover factors seen as important in their re-construction of the process. Twenty-five couples in close relationships were interviewed - eight homosexual and seventeen heterosexual. Five of the heterosexual couples were in therapy. A qualitative analysis of couple's narratives was conducted with the aim of identifying themes relevant to change as an experience; relationship changes in terms of the couple's own idiosyncratic choice of life events; and cultural discourses likely to constrain or enrich the change process. The findings suggested that couples talk about change in similar ways. However, several themes emerged reflecting discourses and presentation features that discriminated between couples. These were particular relationship themes, the comparison between past and present, the role of others, orientation issues, and aspects of interactional style. The study suggests that cultural discourses, and distinctive use of change measures such as coping strategies, are implicated in how change is accomplished and given meaning.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
Keywords: Therapy; Narratives; Co-construction