Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

I Am Billy’s Sister: The Psychological Life of Siblinghood
by Moore, Caroline Marbury, Ph.D., Institute for Clinical Social Work (Chicago), 2020, 380; 28023202
Abstract (Summary)

This exploratory research project employed a psychoanalytic case study methodology, subjectively interpreted and epistemologically situated within a hermeneutic framework. This research study sought to identify and describe remnants of siblinghood in the psychological lives of four adults. The central proposition for this study included that psychic remnants of siblinghood universally have significant impact on psychological life in adulthood.

Individual case studies were created for four participants based on the data that emerged in each of their four to five, 60 to 90-minute interviews. Data analysis occurred in two phases. In phase one, within-case analyses were performed on the narrative data for each participant. Interpretation of the data was performed through the researcher’s utilization of her own subjectivity within a psychoanalytic theoretical lens, and major themes were identified. Phase two of the data analysis involved an in-depth cross-case analysis of all the themes that emerged from the within-case analyses.

The findings in this research project strongly supported this study’s central proposition that psychic remnants of siblinghood are significantly impactful in adult psychological life. The supraordinate finding in the cross-case analysis involved the profound significance of the psychic impact of gender in sibling related mental life. Remnants of sibling related fantasy were also identified in a number of other significant aspects of participants’ psychological lives, the subjectively interpreted and psychoanalytically informed meanings of which were described and discussed.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Tolleson, Jennifer
Commitee: Servatius, Joan, Haley, Edward, Harris-Alpert, Andrea
School: Institute for Clinical Social Work (Chicago)
Department: Clinical Social Work
School Location: United States -- Illinois
Source: DAI-A 82/1(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Source Type: DISSERTATION
Subjects: Social work, Clinical psychology
Keywords: Siblinghood
Publication Number: 28023202
ISBN: 9798662419582
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