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Investigating the form and dynamics of crisis episodes in early adulthood: The application of a composite qualitative method

Investigating the form and dynamics of crisis episodes in early adulthood: The application of a composite qualitative method

Robinson, Oliver C. and Smith, Jonathan A. (2010) Investigating the form and dynamics of crisis episodes in early adulthood: The application of a composite qualitative method. Qualitative Research in Psychology, 7 (2). pp. 170-191. ISSN 1478-0887 (Print), 1478-0895 (Online) (doi:10.1080/14780880802699084)

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Abstract

This study investigates the experiences and processes that characterise crisis episodes occurring between the ages of 25 and 40. The methodology is a composite of Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis (Smith & Eatough 2006) and Miles and Huberman's Interactive Model (1994). Analysis of interview data found a four-phase pattern in all the crisis episodes sampled, starting with a precrisis description of an externally controlled identity and being stuck in a domestic and/or vocational role that is no longer wanted but is maintained out of passivity or obligation. This is followed by the peak of the crisis, which is characterised by an emotional separation from that role and/or relationship and by a confused and undefined identity. The third phase involves exploration of new intrinsically motivated activities and an experimental search through alternative self-conceptions and activities. The fourth postcrisis phase brings a new commitment to a life structure in which identity, life roles, and social contexts are in equilibrium, and an enhanced sense of consent and control. The study demonstrates that the careful hybridisation of qualitative approaches is a fruitful enterprise, while the resultant four-phase model is proposed for further validation with other samples and demographics.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: [1] Published online: 26 May 2010. Published in Qualitative Research in Psychology, Volume 7, Issue 2, 2010.
Uncontrolled Keywords: composite qualitative method, crisis, early adulthood, identity, transition
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Pre-2014 Departments: School of Health & Social Care
School of Health & Social Care > Department of Psychology & Counselling
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Last Modified: 14 Oct 2016 09:08
URI: http://gala.gre.ac.uk/id/eprint/3339

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