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Glen

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PARENTAL SPLIT

CREATIVE ARTS

DRUGS AND ALCOHOL

FEW RESOURCES

HOMELESSNESS

RELIANCE ON INTIMATE RELATIONSHIPS

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THE BASICS

Sex:

Male

Location:

NI

Interview age:

17-23

Class:

WC

Ethnicity:

White Caucasian

Glen’s ambition in life, since we have known him, has been to make it in a band. The glamour, wealth and high life of celebrity that he aspired to and described in early interviews contrasted starkly with a lived life that saw increasing vulnerability around housing, a growing dependency on cannabis and alcohol, exposure to violence and assault, and a series of largely unsuccessful encounters with education and training initiatives. Following his parents’ separation, and their subsequent movement into other relationships and other communities, Glen lost his foothold and sense of belonging to both family and community of origin in his early teens. His band became his new family. His investment in it, and in a number of long term significant relationships, provided him over the years with essential social, emotional and practical resources. Girlfriends often provided accommodation when rent arrears saw him homeless, pawn shops provided food on the table when income support did not stretch far enough. And his father, who he sought to emulate and please, and with whom he often clashed, provided practical support at various points. The survival of a long term relationship and his continued investment in his music has led Glen away from his home town and to a space where he is enjoying relative stability and renewed hope in his dreams.

 

Glen's Data

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INTERVIEWS

(transcript, audio tape, mp3 file)

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Date

Age

Interviewer

1.

     

2.

12/08/99

17

SMG

3.

23/11/00

19

SMG

4.

18/05/01

19

SMG

5.

17/01/03

21

SMG

6.

05/11/04

23

SMG

OTHER DATA

Questionnaire 1: hard copy

Focus group: 16/01/98 transcript, audio tape

Lifeline: hard copy