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Subject/Keyword
psychology
sexual orientation
narrative
essentialism
fluidity of sexuality
identity
erotic plasticity
sexuality
counselling psychology
social constructionism
Type of item
Thesis
Degree grantor
University of Alberta
Author or creator
Cey, Robert Owen
Supervisor and department
Snart, Fern (Educational Psychology)
Examining committee member and department
Wilson, Robert (Philosophy)
Sobsey, Dick (Educational Psychology)
Whelton, William (Educational Psychology)
McNinch, James (Education, University of Regina)
Doherty, Maryanne (Secondary Education)
Department
Department of Educational Policy Studies
Specialization

Date accepted
2011-04-13T20:07:26Z
Graduation date
2011-06
Degree
Doctor of Philosophy
Degree level
Doctoral
Abstract
A narrative inquiry methodology was utilized to investigate experiences of fluidity of sexuality and the broader processes of sexuality and sexual identity development. Five adult co-researchers, all members of various sexual and gender minority groups, participated in semi-structured, in-depth interviews centering on their experiences of changes in sexuality over time. The stories told were presented in the research text. Only one experience of a significant and lasting shift in sexual desire during adulthood was reported, occurring in the context of a transition from a male to a female gender identity. A thematic analysis of the co-researchers’ narratives was undertaken, and 3 common and 14 important themes were identified. The co-researchers’ stories and the common and important themes were brought together to form a partial model of sexuality and sexual identity development. Implications for counselling and for further research in this area were also considered.
Language
English
DOI
doi:10.7939/R3DH7D
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