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 9: Identity and Resilience Post-Separation
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Identity and Resilience Post-Separation
The construction of individual identity develops through relationships with others. When a relationship breaks down, particularly a marital relationship, a major shift in identity may take place. The challenges of constructing a new identity and the pain of having to part with a familiar identity as part of a couple and as part of an intact family emerged as key issues in the interviews. This chapter will discuss literature on identity and women’s identity options in Ireland. It will present and discuss the women’s comments on the changes in identity that occurred as a result of separation.
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