Narrative Research Network

  • LEWIS, C. (Organiser)
  • HEATHER RANSOM (Participant)

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesOrganising a conference, workshop, etc.


Heather Ransom, who is in the final year of a Psychology PhD, will talk to us about her research within the community of former Jehovah’s Witnesses (JWs) using an Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis (IPA) methodology. By using ‘life stories’, the research explores the differential effects of religious shunning, a typical occurrence when leaving the JWs, and the subsequent impact on identity, self-esteem, belonging and wellbeing. By considering outcomes post-exit, contextual factors are examined and themes identified. For example, method of exit (forced or voluntary), length of membership (born-in or converted as adult), and other considerations that may impact post-exit paths.
Period28 Jan 2021
Event typeSeminar
LocationUnited KingdomShow on map


  • Life Stories
  • Identity
  • Religious Shunning

Research Groups

  • Narrative Research Network (Education)