Assembling Identity: The Support for Self Within and Across Individualized Spaces

dc.contributor.advisorBreen, Andrea V.
dc.contributor.authorScott, A. Christine
dc.date.accessioned2016-05-09T15:09:12Z
dc.date.available2016-05-09T15:09:12Z
dc.date.copyright2016-04
dc.date.created2016-04-04
dc.date.issued2016-05-09
dc.degree.departmentDepartment of Family Relations and Applied Nutritionen_US
dc.degree.grantorUniversity of Guelphen_US
dc.degree.nameMaster of Scienceen_US
dc.degree.programmeFamily Relations and Applied Nutritionen_US
dc.description.abstractThe purpose of this qualitative study was to explore the use and development of physical and virtual individualized spaces as contexts for self and identity during the transition to university residence. Twenty-three female emerging adults (ages 18 to 20) were interviewed in their dorm rooms in a mid-sized university in Ontario, Canada. The interview focused on personal artifacts and their connections to self and identity and included a participant-led “tour” of participants’ dorm rooms and preferred virtual spaces. The interviews elicited rich narratives about experiences and relationships, conceptions of change over time, and personal goals oriented to the future. Findings suggest that both physical and virtual individualized spaces provide visual clues and scaffolding for conceptualizing the self, as well as support for identity processes related to change and continuity. Furthermore, participants were maintaining access to supports for the self and identity through the creation and use of multiple individualized spaces. Overall, this study provides a deeper understanding of how objects and spaces may be used to support the self, identity development, and well-being during the transition to university residence.en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10214/9631
dc.language.isoenen_US
dc.publisherUniversity of Guelphen_US
dc.rightsAttribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 2.5 Canada*
dc.rights.urihttp://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/2.5/ca/*
dc.subjectNarrativeen_US
dc.subjectIdentityen_US
dc.subjectObjectsen_US
dc.subjectSpacesen_US
dc.subjectTransitionen_US
dc.subjectSelfen_US
dc.subjectVirtual Spacesen_US
dc.subjectPhysical Spacesen_US
dc.subjectEmerging Adulten_US
dc.titleAssembling Identity: The Support for Self Within and Across Individualized Spacesen_US
dc.typeThesisen_US

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