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Ruth

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LOCALLY BASED

DIFFICULT EDUCATIONAL CHOICES

ONLY CHILD

FRIENDSHIPS AND DANCE CULTURE

RECREATIONAL DRUG USE

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THE BASICS

Sex:

Female

Location:

NI

Interview age:

16-21

Class:

WC

Ethnicity:

White Caucasian

Ruth is an only child and lives in a rural location where she has a strong and important network of friends and neighbours. She gets on well with her parents although she regards them as quite strict, especially her mother. She was never quite sure what she wanted to do work wise and hence educational choices were difficult for her. She never expressed any ambition to go to university and left school after taking her GCSEs. She started working initially in short term contracts within the civil service. She mostly enjoyed this work although the monotony at times made her envious of her friends who had gone to university and of their lifestyle and potential earning power. Ruth enjoyed a large friendship circle and dance culture and music were a big part of her social life. As she got more and more into the dance culture she was introduced to drugs and experimented with these for a period. As part of her social scene she enjoyed short term casual relationships. The break up of her first serious relationship left her feeling very low and down. Having secured a full time permanent post within the civil service Ruth bought a car. House ownership was not on the cards at that stage. Aside from the prohibitive cost, she has no desire to live on her own, hoping instead to buy with a partner, have a family and settle down in her current neighbourhood

 

Ruth’s Data

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INTERVIEWS

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Date

Age

Interviewer

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NA

NA

NA

2.

06.08.99

16

SMG

3.

30.03.00

17

SMG

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21.05.01

18

SMG

5.

15.02.03

20

SMG

6.

21.09.04

21

SMG

OTHER DATA

Focus Group 15/01/98

Questionnaire 1

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