Our focused work on identity
Our focus within this domain is on the ways in which lives, relationships and identities can be changed by difference and disruption associated with long-term conditions, complex health care needs, disability, trauma and estrangement.
Our work on estrangement is led by Dr Lucy Blake and it challenges the assumptions about family relationships and considers the factors that influence estrangement.
Young people with Crohn’s or colitis can find their identity disrupted by their condition and worry about disclosing their diagnosis, our resource Telling My Friends aims to help them.
Our work focusing on illness and disability includes Jennifer Kuroski’s study of lived experiences of aunts and uncles supporting parents of children and young adults with Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD). In addition our work focuses on children with ataxia being undertaken by Helen Hartley and Tracy Mitchell’s work on the ways in which medical technology can impact on the homes of children with complex health care needs.