The following stories are extracts from the interviews carried out over a period of a year. You may find the material surprising, even shocking. My participants are also co-researchers. We are all on a voyage of discovery. The interviews were unstructured as I wanted a sense of how other people saw their experience of being an only child. My first surprise was that most people had not really thought much about it! However as the interviews progressed, a great deal of rich material emerged. As my co-researchers built trust, they were able to explore deeper and deeper into their feelings, opening doors which some had never opened before.
Only Child Stories: Click the links to the left for the interview extracts
Alice had a sister but her journey is similar to the imaginative journeys of all children especially only-children.