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Exploring constructions of intimate relationships

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dc.contributor.advisor Rapmund, Valerie Joan en
dc.contributor.author Hyson, Lindsey Jane en
dc.date.accessioned 2009-08-25T11:02:35Z
dc.date.available 2009-08-25T11:02:35Z
dc.date.issued 2009-08-25T11:02:35Z
dc.date.submitted 2007-06-30 en
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10500/2330
dc.description.abstract The purpose of this study is to explore how people construct their intimate relationships, and to describe the patterns of connection and disconnection and their meanings within the social and cultural contexts of these relationships. It attempts to describe how the participating couples' relationships may or may not have changed due to the research process consisting of reflections and joint story telling, and the interventions of the researcher. Social constructionism is the epistemological framework of this study and indepth unstructured interviews with a cohabiting and a married couple were conducted. Hermeneutics was the method used to analyse the data. The participants' stories were recounted through the researcher's lens in the form of themes characterising their relationships. A comparative analysis was undertaken between the common themes identified in the two participating couples and literature. The information gained could assist couples and professionals in respecting heterosexual intimate relationships in their specific contexts. en
dc.format.extent 1 online resource (ix, 253 leaves)
dc.language.iso en en
dc.subject Stories en
dc.subject Qualitative research en
dc.subject Hermeneutics en
dc.subject Social constructionism en
dc.subject Meanings en
dc.subject Cohabitation en
dc.subject Marriage en
dc.subject Relationships en
dc.subject Intimate en
dc.subject Heterosexual en
dc.subject.ddc 306.7
dc.subject.lcsh Intimacy (Psychology)
dc.subject.lcsh Love -- Psychological aspects
dc.subject.lcsh Love -- Social aspects
dc.subject.lcsh Man-woman relationships
dc.subject.lcsh Marriage -- Psychological aspects
dc.subject.lcsh Unmarried couples
dc.title Exploring constructions of intimate relationships en
dc.type Dissertation en
dc.description.department Psychology en
dc.description.degree M.A. (Clinical Psychology) en


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