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Family troubles?Exploring changes and challenges in the family lives of children and young people$
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Jane Ribbens McCarthy, Carol-Ann Hooper, and Val Gillies

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9781447304432

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: September 2013

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447304432.001.0001

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Troubling loss? Children’s experiences of major disruptions in family life

Troubling loss? Children’s experiences of major disruptions in family life

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(p.135) Chapter Eleven Troubling loss? Children’s experiences of major disruptions in family life
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Family troubles?
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Lynn Jamieson

Gill Highet

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Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781447304432.003.0011

This chapter draws on interview data with children and young people aged between 10 and 14 years, who have lived through contrasting forms of family household change, to explore what influences their ability to sustain and refashion their sense of self in the context or aftermath of loss. While children who experience the death of a parent, or parental separation or divorce, must cope with disruption to, or loss of, a primary relationship central to their development and identity, and children whose families relocate across countries to seek asylum more often lose everything but these primary relationships - extended family, community and place of origin. The influence of relational, social cultural and material contexts on the experience is a common thread.

Keywords:   Family life, Households, Change, Loss, Self, Separation, Divorce, Asylum-seeking

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