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Elsa

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LIBERAL FAMILY

DIFFERENCE

NONCONFORMIST

ALTERNATIVE VALUES

FRIENDSHIPS

BODY ISSUES

SIBLINGS

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THE BASICS

Sex:

Female

Location:

Commuter Belt

Interview age:

15-20

Class:

MC

Ethnicity:

White Caucasian

Elsa has grown up in a liberal lower middle class family who were in the process of moving from rented to owned housing when we first met, and family resources were somewhat stretched. Through her school years her identity seemed to lie predominantly in being different and an individual, and enjoying more cultural and alternative activities than most of her peers. Her critical appraisal and non-acceptance of aspects of authority defined her as more mature than them in many views and attitudes. While being somewhat different and rebellious, she also demonstrated a stable side in terms of friendships and her part time working experience. At school she maintained a small close group of female friends, but no boyfriends. As she got older, a concern with weight and body image was revealed. She was quite competent at school, but had no major ambitions, believing that it is better not to know where you are going in life, but just see what happens. What happened was a disappointing set of exam results so she was unable to go to her desired university, and had to cancel a gap year and take another place. Here she found that although her course did not inspire her, she enjoyed the location, and developed a steady relationship with a boyfriend, and sorted out her weight. After she graduated, work had to be postponed as she had to have an operation, but her boyfriend looked after her, life eventually got back on track, and she was contemplating doing a postgraduate course.

 

Elsa's Data

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INTERVIEWS

(transcript, audio tape, mp3 file)

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Date

Age

Interviewer

1.

14.05.98

14

JH

2.

30.06.99

15

SFS

3.

29.03.00

16

SFS

4.

23.11.01

17

SFS

5.

17.07.02

18

SFS

6.

15.04.04

20

SFS

OTHER DATA

Focus Group 21/11/97

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