209: Womanhood, Identity and Church Disaffiliation with Emily Janes

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On this episode of Mormon Mental Health Podcast, Jimmy Bridges is joined by Emily Janes, MS, a Marriage and Family therapist about to start her doctoral program at Texas University in the fall. In this interview, Emily discusses the findings from her masters thesis where she interviewed women in the Mormon community who had experienced disaffiliation from the church.

Emily discusses “Hybrid Identity Theory” which is the main theory she used to research her topics of womanhood, identity, and church disaffiliation:

Hybrid Identity Theory is used to examine, “the encounter, conflict, and/or blending of two ethnic or cultural categories which, while no means pure and distinct in nature, tend to be understood and experienced as meaningful identity labels by members of these categories” (Lo, M. M. (2002). Doctors within borders: Profession, ethnicity, and modernity in colonial Taiwan. University of California Press.).

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Dr. Jimmy Bridges, PhD, LMFT, CFLE (he/his/him) is a licensed marriage and family therapist and certified family life educator. He offers trauma-informed therapy related to anxiety disorders, mood disorders, parenting, faith transitions, queer affirming services, CNM/Poly and couple’s counseling. He offers online services for teens, adults, couples and families.


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