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The Life Experience of Gay's Wife in Marriage:An Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis

LIU Dong;TANG Kui-yu;School of Humanities and Social Sciences,Harbin Institute of Technology;  
This study aims at describing how gay's wives who do not get divorced experience their life in marriage with homosexual husband in China.In-depth face-to-face interviews were conducted with 8gay wives between 27 and 35years old who have been married with gays for 3to 12 years.The interviews were semi-structured and carried out and analyzed by interpretative phenomenological analysis(IPA).The aim of IPA is to explore the participant's views of their own world and to adopt as far as possible an "insider perspective." IPA draws on a tradition of phenomenology and symbolic interactionism in attempting to understand how people make sense of their life experiences.Four major themes emerged through the analysis:I cannot believe it and being cheated;I am just a tool;Child is the most important and unwilling or unable to divorce;seeking the meaning of life.The conclusion of this study is that there is cultural shock and the shortage of emotion and resource in the marriage of gay's wives.Child is the key to the steady of marriage.In the process of adapting the role of gay's wives,they reflect and reconstruct the meaning of life and keep the continuity and integrity of their life.
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