Yan Zhao

Department of Sociological Studies

PhD Student

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Yan Zhao
Department of Sociological Studies
The Wave
2 Whitham Road
S10 2AH

Yan joined the Department of Sociological Studies in 2022. Prior to this, she completed her MA in Psychology and Education in the University of Sheffield, and MA in Culture and Communication in the University of East Anglia. Her research interests are intimacy, relationships, children and adolescent studies.

Research interests

As a counselling practitioner for years in China, I have observed that many Chinese couples are reluctant to divorce even though they are unsatisfied with their marriages, and getting divorced has become relatively easier legally and more acceptable culturally. Therefore, my research aims to explore why couples choose to stay in dysfunctional but sustained intimate relationships, and to investigate the underlying reasons and motivations, as well as the potential implications.

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