Same sex couples in long term relationships

This paper discusses initial insights and findings from my PhD project exploring the experiences of young same-sex couples in long-term relationships. The study utilised an in-depth qualitative methodology consisting of written diaries, emotion maps and individual and couple interviews with 13 young same-sex couples, aged between 20-35 years old. My analysis is focused on how these couples construct and understand their relationships by examining the significance of the participants’ identities, individual biographies and the socio-cultural contexts of their lived experiences. These relationship constructions will be used to illustrate and explore the ways these couples maintain their relationships, through narratives of the relationship present and couples’ envisioned relationship futures.

Presentation time: 
Wednesday, 2 July, 2014 - 13:00

Danielle Pearson

Danni is a PhD Student at the Open University. Her research focuses on how young (aged 20-35) same-sex couples experience and understand their long-term relationships. She is particularly interested in how couples maintain their relationships through intimacy, their relationship practices, and relationship rules. The PhD is also connected to The Enduring Love? Project which explored couple relationships in contemporary Britain.