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The Meaning, Experience And Ecology Of African Christian Marriages And Familial Relationships: A Phenomenological Study At Makumira University College, Tanzania , Wayne L. Nieminen Jan 2004

The Meaning, Experience And Ecology Of African Christian Marriages And Familial Relationships: A Phenomenological Study At Makumira University College, Tanzania , Wayne L. Nieminen

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

Research on African Christian marriage and family life has lacked a critical focus on the experience and meaning of marriage between husbands and wives as couples. The intention of this phenomenological investigation is to enrich the international family therapy field's understanding of the complexity and wider ecology (economic, religious, historical, feminist, educational) of African marriage and family life, specifically in the Christian population. Research took place at Makumira University College in Tanzania, a seminary of the Tumaini University system of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Tanzania, interviewing students, faculty and their spouses in a variety of formats (couple, individual ...


I Found My Insides: Giving Voice To The Adolescent Experience Of A Gender-Specific Treatment Program , Lue Kirsten Turner Jan 2003

I Found My Insides: Giving Voice To The Adolescent Experience Of A Gender-Specific Treatment Program , Lue Kirsten Turner

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

Popular family based treatment approaches have generally failed to take into account the unique contextual issues adolescent females face in their development. Gender socialization, cultural stereotypes, and the meaning given to physical changes at puberty, are a few of these sociological contexts that are uniquely different for developing adolescent girls as compared to boys. The purpose of this research was to highlight voices of female adolescents as they shared their experience of being involved in a gender-specific treatment program designed to address the unique issues they faced as developing females. A qualitative methodology was chosen which consisted of eight interviews ...


The Preparation Of Pastors In Premarital Counseling , Jeffrey Karl Buikema Jan 2001

The Preparation Of Pastors In Premarital Counseling , Jeffrey Karl Buikema

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

Historically, clergy have been the primary providers of premarital counseling (PMC). Over the past 50 years, limited research has been focused on the preparation needs of pastors in PMC. When asked, they claimed to feel inadequate as PMC providers. They cited inadequate seminary education as the reason (Babb, 1992; Buikema, 1999; Ipes, 1982; Loskot, 1993; Stahmann & Hiebert, 1997).;The purpose of this qualitative research study was to examine the "lived experience" of pastors and their PMC ring needs by seeking their direct input. Twelve interviews were conducted. The researcher developed a 10-question protocol based on his previous research on PMC (Buikema, 1999 ...


Voluntary Simplicity: An Enacted Reality , Timothy John Mullaney Jan 2001

Voluntary Simplicity: An Enacted Reality , Timothy John Mullaney

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

Voluntary Simplicity is a term reflecting the attempt to live life more deliberately, in accordance with one's values. The following study examines voluntary simplicity as it is lived in social contexts.;Following a historical review of simplicity in Chapter One, Chapter Two presents epistemological assumptions that undergird the research design that follows in chapter Three. It recognizes two major ways of knowing voluntary simplicity: (1) through comparing statements that different members of a family make and (2) through comparisons of statements that individuals make. The latter approach divides into noetic statements, or constituting acts, and noematic statements, or constituted ...


Ministers' Perception Of Support Received From Their Congregation: A Qualitative Study , Jackie Lynne Halstead Jan 2000

Ministers' Perception Of Support Received From Their Congregation: A Qualitative Study , Jackie Lynne Halstead

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

Churches and the ministers who lead them play a role of significance in our society. The dynamics of the relationship between them impact the success of the ministry occupation. This study examined this relationship, specifically the minister's perception of support from the congregation. Focus groups of ministers and laity provided the dialogue from which the following categories emerged: absence of support, basis of support and absence of support, expectations, identified support, manifestations of support, and recommended solutions. It was determined that both populations have an understanding of the topic and awareness of possible solutions for an absence of support ...


A Qualitative Investigation Of Religion And Spirituality: Implications For Social Scientists And Psychotherapists , Charles Jordan Joanides Jan 1997

A Qualitative Investigation Of Religion And Spirituality: Implications For Social Scientists And Psychotherapists , Charles Jordan Joanides

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

Religion and spirituality have recently become topics of discussion within the social sciences and among psychotherapists. This study has attempted to contribute to the ongoing discussion and research that has been conducted in this area by presenting descriptions and interpretations from a qualitative study involving two Christian denominations, i.e., Lutherans and Orthodox. From these observations and interpretations the researcher has constructed a rich, thick description of religious people's lived experiences of the terms religion and spirituality that has implications for social scientists and psychotherapists who have an interest in religion and spirituality. To be more specific, this research ...


The Symbolic Meaning Of Earned Income And The Division Of Household Labor , Laurie Lynn Stange Jan 1996

The Symbolic Meaning Of Earned Income And The Division Of Household Labor , Laurie Lynn Stange

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

This qualitative study addressed "why" and "how" the variables of relative income and sex-role beliefs interplay, if at all, in the subsequent division of household labor (DOHL) and in the couples' marital satisfaction. From the analysis of eight dual-career couples, seven domains of meaning emerged: (1) The relative income of a spouse is related to his or her relative focus on home or job. Although the respondents rationalized DOHL by their marital circumstances, they also expressed discomfort with disproportionate efforts in DOHL; (2) sex-role beliefs affect how individuals view spending on child-care and housekeeping services; (3) housekeeping services reduce marital ...


The Influence Of Parent Gender On Division Of Work In Families Of Children With Disabilities , Lynn Terri Martin Jan 1996

The Influence Of Parent Gender On Division Of Work In Families Of Children With Disabilities , Lynn Terri Martin

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

This is a qualitative study which examined the influence of parent gender on division of work in families of children with disabilities. Thirty-three interviews were completed with mothers and fathers from ten families over a four year period. The study used a family systems framework to examine child and family characteristics, family perceptions, family interactions, and social roles and family work. Data was obtained through in-depth interviews and family stories and cross-cutting themes were identified and discussed. Results indicated mothers are continuing to assume the majority of the work including direct and indirect child care, and are experiencing role strain ...


Experiential Thanatopsis For Widows In Later Life , Monica Liles Schocken Jan 1995

Experiential Thanatopsis For Widows In Later Life , Monica Liles Schocken

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

Demographics show a consistent trend toward higher proportions of elderly in our society. With this increase a larger number of individuals are becoming widowed. The purpose of this study was to investigate how structured learning activities in thanatopsis are experienced by widows in later life. Thanatology is the study of the experience of the dying and bereaved. Although people in all societies have speculated about death, the systematic study of its experience is a fairly recent development. In 20th-century Western culture, until the last few decades, a taboo existed against studying death and death related issues. Purposes being served by ...


Feminist Family Therapy: A Client Based Description , Ane Kvale Fitzgerald Jan 1994

Feminist Family Therapy: A Client Based Description , Ane Kvale Fitzgerald

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

The purpose of this study is to discover how family therapy is experienced by clients of feminist therapists. A client-based description generates data from clients' stories, narratives and responses;A qualitative method is used in the study. The format is a long interview, based on McCracken (1988). This method of interviewing is semi-structured and has open ended questions;The findings show that there is a great deal of congruence between the literature pertaining to feminist family therapy and the experience of therapy as described by the client. Three major themes emerge. They are respect for the client, integrated feminism and ...


An Analysis Of Power And Stress Using Cybernetic Epistemology , Randall Robert Lyle Jan 1992

An Analysis Of Power And Stress Using Cybernetic Epistemology , Randall Robert Lyle

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

This dissertation unites two papers intended for publication in professional journals. The dissertation begins with a general introduction to cybernetic epistemology which functions as the foundation for the analyses accomplished in the two papers. The Myth of Power and the Power of Myth is concerned with examining how cybernetic epistemology alters our understanding and use of the concept of power in our lives and in our society. Toward a Vibrant Stress Model presupposes a cybernetic epistemology as it creates an alternative model for the understanding and explanation of the experience of stress in human lives. Individually, each of the papers ...