The participant: Is a 34 year old Caucasian South African woman, divorced and currently single with no children. She will be referred to only by her surname for the purpose of this case study report, Foulkes.
Sporting Background: South African High School water polo and Junior Lifesaving state champion.
Current Sporting Profile: British National Water polo League Division 3 Player, County and Masters Netball Player.
Personal Background: Born into a middle class family, the older of two children. Her parents owning successful restaurant Foulkes attended state school in a highly affluent area. She went on to study interior design at University funded completely by her parents. After University her parents paid for her to travel to the United Kingdom where they had family. At 22 and after one month in England, Foulkes began a relationship with a 30 year old Army sergeant. Four months later they were married in secret only telling her parent’s weeks later. The marriage was highly abusive lasting five years, it was only when Foulkes found out her husband had committed adultery did she then end the marriage. After the divorce Foulkes rented a room from a mutual friend who was also in the army. Within a year she began a relationship with this man, after three years Foulkes discovered that her current partner had also cheated on her. She remained with him for another two years only ending the relationship when he volunteered for another tour of Afghanistan.
For the purpose of this case study report I will avoid discussing the area of domestic abuse, although the participant was willing to discuss this it was beyond the area of focus for this report. Reference will however be made to the fact that she remained in the relationship despite the abuse and it was only the affair that caused the relationship to end.
When Foulkes arrived in the United Kingdom she was only 22, in terms of lifespan and development this would be classed as emerging adulthood. Allen and Land (1999) suggest that relationships in emerging adulthood have more core features of attachment than adolescent relationships. From the interview it would appear that Foulkes is highly insecure, Furman, Siman, Shaffer and Bouchey (2002) suggest that emerging adulthood relationships often form a secure base. Having just moved to a new country and being extremely young it may be possible to assume that because of her insecurities Foulkes quickly needed to establish a secure base, after less than a month in the country she began a relationship with Dave, the fact that he was older and had a good job may have given her the perception that unlike someone her own age he was in a position to take care of her, that he would form a secure base for her whilst in the United Kingdom. Essentially it would appear that Foulkes is replacing the lost attachment with her parents for a romantic attachment (Overbeek, Wollebergh, Engels, & Meeus, 2003). Foulkes gives the impression that her relationship with...