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KMID : 1025820160240020207
Family and Family Therapy
2016 Volume.24 No. 2 p.207 ~ p.226
Narrative Identities of an Adult Child in a Remarried Family
Koo Ja-Gyoung

Abstract
Objectives: The purpose of this study was to explore narrative identities that emerged in the life stories of an adult who grew up in a remarried family.

Methods: Field texts were constructed from in-depth interviews with a woman in her twenties. These texts were analyzed in a three-dimensional space that was constructed using narrative inquiry’s temporality, reciprocity, and situating methods. The meaning of participant’s experiences were reconstructed through the participant’s telling and retelling of her life stories naturally and spontaneously.

Results: Working with her psychosocial contexts and with the flow of time of her life, the subject’s identities were changed and reconstructed from “a sloppy, cute baby” who felt abandonment anxiety, “a lonely woman” who was worried about which family she belonged to, “an abandoned victim” who longed for love, and “a useless rebel” who defied her mother after joining a new family, into “a daughter of a normal family,” and “another flower” who was a confident, integral whole.
Conclusions: The narrative identities of an adult child in a remarried family were reconstructed from a “deficient victim” to a “coherent, integral whole” through the telling of her life stories in a three-dimensional narrative space.
KEYWORD
remarried couple, adult child, narrative identity, life story, narrative research
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