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Processen att byta social roll: En kvalitativ studie om individer som vuxit upp i dysfunktionella familjer
Linnaeus University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Social Studies.
2015 (Swedish)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

Title: The process of leaving a social role

Author: Christine Johnsson



This paper aims to describe the process of role exit for individuals within dysfunctional families. The study begins with describing the upbringing of the individual within these families. The process of codependency inspired the approach for the study; a process that individuals go through when they leave their dysfunctional families. The theoretical approach is from Helen Rose Fuchs Ebaughs study about the process of exit a role; Becoming an ex- The process of Role exit (1988). This process that Ebaugh (1988) describes is divided into four stages. The individuals’ first step in the process is to define a doubt to the current role, the second one explains how the individual have to weigh new alternatives compared to the present situation. The third stage is about leaving the role and the fourth stage explains that the individual have to come up with an approach to the ex- role.

Since this paper is about individual opinions the method that has been used is qualitative. Ten interviews has been made with individuals that grew up in dysfunctional families. The interviews were analyzed from a phenomenological approach. That means trying to understand social phenomena from the individuals’ perspective. The results presented that the informants had made a role change, they had left the dysfunctional settings and entered a new social role. Which can be compared to Ebaughs study (1988) about the process in role exiting.  

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2015. , 41 p.
Keyword [en]
Role exit, process, social resources, dysfunctional families and codependency
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URN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-49458OAI: diva2:899049
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Sociology Programme, 180 credits
Available from: 2016-02-03 Created: 2016-01-31 Last updated: 2016-02-03Bibliographically approved

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