Although the book is written from a sociological perspective, the combination of theory and practical insights make it accessible to a wide variety of readers. It aims to generate discussion and deepen understanding of an area into which there has been minimal research in Ireland and which poses a range of important questions for future researchers, practitioners and policy-makers.
Chapter 11: Concluding Comments
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The purpose of this study was to explore the experiences of Irish women who separate in midlife and to give ‘voice’ to a cohort of women who have previously been invisible. The bulk of the writing consists of excerpts from interviews with fourteen Irish women who are separated. The aim is to generate discussion and deepen understanding on the part of professionals and the general public so that appropriate support can be provided for women in this situation. This chapter contains summaries of the data as they relate to the five research questions posed at the outset of the study.
Impact of Family and Cultural Attitudes to Separation
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