Moments in the Hero Journey of Adolescent Males: A Phenomenological Inquiry into the Lived Experience of High School

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http://hdl.handle.net/10755/147306
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Presentation
Title:
Moments in the Hero Journey of Adolescent Males: A Phenomenological Inquiry into the Lived Experience of High School
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Moments in the Hero Journey of Adolescent Males: A Phenomenological Inquiry into the Lived Experience of High School
Conference Sponsor:Sigma Theta Tau International
Conference Year:2003
Author:Rittenmeyer, Leslie, PsyD, RN
P.I. Institution Name:Purdue University Calumet
Title:Associate Professor
Abstract Objective: The objective of this phenomenological study was to use the social structure of high school as means of expression to give rise to the voices of adolescent males in describing their lived experience during a time line in their adolescent development. Design: A phenomenological methodology was employed that held to the phenomenological spirit of openness, seeking only to discern the necessary and essential meanings and attributes of the lived experience that emerged from the rich narrative data. Population: Whereas the phenomenological method is one of depth rather than breath a purposeful sample of 10 adolescent males participated in the study. Method: This study used the existential phenomenological method as described by Giorgi. Through a process of discrimination, transformation, and synthesis of rich narrative data the core concepts of the generalized structure of the experience were identified Findings: Four major themes emerged from the generalized structure. These were themes of agency, communion, ideology and contamination/redemption. Conclusions: During the early high school years the participants had difficulty adjusting and used tremendous psychic energy to maintain emotional stability. Adults often expected more “grown-up” behavior than the boys were capable of. The boys had a much different idea about achievement than adults who were able to see the future more skillfully. The nurturing and caring that went on between the boys in this study and their friends represented atypical intimacy. Themes of communion, usually associated with female traits were far more prevalent in the narratives than were themes of agency, more often associated with males. Implications: This study has implications for both practice and research. The data suggests that the uncritical acceptance of traditional gender labels to describe behavior is counterproductive. New practice and research paradigms for this population need to be explored.
Repository Posting Date:
26-Oct-2011
Date of Publication:
17-Oct-2011
Sponsors:
Sigma Theta Tau International

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dc.typePresentationen_GB
dc.titleMoments in the Hero Journey of Adolescent Males: A Phenomenological Inquiry into the Lived Experience of High Schoolen_GB
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10755/147306-
dc.description.abstract<table><tr><td colspan="2" class="item-title">Moments in the Hero Journey of Adolescent Males: A Phenomenological Inquiry into the Lived Experience of High School</td></tr><tr class="item-sponsor"><td class="label">Conference Sponsor:</td><td class="value">Sigma Theta Tau International</td></tr><tr class="item-year"><td class="label">Conference Year:</td><td class="value">2003</td></tr><tr class="item-author"><td class="label">Author:</td><td class="value">Rittenmeyer, Leslie, PsyD, RN</td></tr><tr class="item-institute"><td class="label">P.I. Institution Name:</td><td class="value">Purdue University Calumet</td></tr><tr class="item-author-title"><td class="label">Title:</td><td class="value">Associate Professor</td></tr><tr class="item-email"><td class="label">Email:</td><td class="value">lrittenmeyer@aol.com</td></tr><tr><td colspan="2" class="item-abstract">Abstract Objective: The objective of this phenomenological study was to use the social structure of high school as means of expression to give rise to the voices of adolescent males in describing their lived experience during a time line in their adolescent development. Design: A phenomenological methodology was employed that held to the phenomenological spirit of openness, seeking only to discern the necessary and essential meanings and attributes of the lived experience that emerged from the rich narrative data. Population: Whereas the phenomenological method is one of depth rather than breath a purposeful sample of 10 adolescent males participated in the study. Method: This study used the existential phenomenological method as described by Giorgi. Through a process of discrimination, transformation, and synthesis of rich narrative data the core concepts of the generalized structure of the experience were identified Findings: Four major themes emerged from the generalized structure. These were themes of agency, communion, ideology and contamination/redemption. Conclusions: During the early high school years the participants had difficulty adjusting and used tremendous psychic energy to maintain emotional stability. Adults often expected more &ldquo;grown-up&rdquo; behavior than the boys were capable of. The boys had a much different idea about achievement than adults who were able to see the future more skillfully. The nurturing and caring that went on between the boys in this study and their friends represented atypical intimacy. Themes of communion, usually associated with female traits were far more prevalent in the narratives than were themes of agency, more often associated with males. Implications: This study has implications for both practice and research. The data suggests that the uncritical acceptance of traditional gender labels to describe behavior is counterproductive. New practice and research paradigms for this population need to be explored.</td></tr></table>en_GB
dc.date.available2011-10-26T09:31:05Z-
dc.date.issued2011-10-17en_GB
dc.date.accessioned2011-10-26T09:31:05Z-
dc.description.sponsorshipSigma Theta Tau Internationalen_GB
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