A Phenomenological Inquiry into Themes of Communion (Friendship and Support) Found in the Narrative Stories of Young Adult Males

2.50
Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10755/153292
Type:
Presentation
Title:
A Phenomenological Inquiry into Themes of Communion (Friendship and Support) Found in the Narrative Stories of Young Adult Males
Abstract:
A Phenomenological Inquiry into Themes of Communion (Friendship and Support) Found in the Narrative Stories of Young Adult Males
Conference Sponsor:Sigma Theta Tau International
Conference Year:2006
Author:Rittenmeyer, Leslie, PsyD, CNS, RN
P.I. Institution Name:Purdue University Calumet
Title:Associate Professor
In a previous work by this author, adolescent males were studied in the context of their high school experience. One theme that emerged from that study was the importance of male to male friendships in sustaining the participants through a sometimes difficult developmental period. The purpose of this phenomenological inquiry was to uncover the structure of communion (friendship and support) themes found in the rich narrative stories of young adult males. This study utilized the existential phenomenological research methodology as an organizing framework and employed the phenomenological method as described by Giorgi (1985) for data analysis. Whereas, the phenomenological method is a method of depth rather than breath, a purposeful sample of 12 English speaking males, between the ages of 19 and 27 participated in this research. IRB approval was obtained. The rich narrative data yielded a situated structure of the phenomena for each participant. From the situated structures four themes emerged to form the generalized structure of the phenomena: a) letting go/moving on, b) perception of nurturing alliances, c) free choice stemming from the contentment of enhanced awareness, d) envisioning of the ultimate. Elaborations of the four themes suggest that for the participants in this study, male to male friendships sustained them through a time in their adolescent development when their sense of their own self esteem was unsure. Different from the previous study the perception of friendships changed with maturation to become more substantive, emotionally healthy and nurturing.  Lastly, their friendships with other males were not emotionally impoverished and in fact were emotionally intimate. From a clinical perspective uncritical acceptance of stereotypical gender roles when relating to boys and men is counterproductive to the development of a strong therapeutic alliance. It is important that we respond to men in a way that recognizes their need for affiliation.
Repository Posting Date:
26-Oct-2011
Date of Publication:
17-Oct-2011
Sponsors:
Sigma Theta Tau International

Full metadata record

DC FieldValue Language
dc.typePresentationen_GB
dc.titleA Phenomenological Inquiry into Themes of Communion (Friendship and Support) Found in the Narrative Stories of Young Adult Malesen_GB
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10755/153292-
dc.description.abstract<table><tr><td colspan="2" class="item-title">A Phenomenological Inquiry into Themes of Communion (Friendship and Support) Found in the Narrative Stories of Young Adult Males</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">2006</td></tr><tr class="item-author"><td class="label">Author:</td><td class="value">Rittenmeyer, Leslie, PsyD, CNS, 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">In a previous work by this author, adolescent males were studied in the context of their high school experience. One theme that emerged from that study was the importance of male to male friendships in sustaining the participants through a sometimes difficult developmental period. The purpose of this phenomenological inquiry was to uncover the structure of communion (friendship and support) themes found in the rich narrative stories of young adult males. This study utilized the existential phenomenological research methodology as an organizing framework and employed the phenomenological method as described by Giorgi (1985) for data analysis. Whereas, the phenomenological method is a method of depth rather than breath, a purposeful sample of 12 English speaking males, between the ages of 19 and 27 participated in this research. IRB approval was obtained. The rich narrative data yielded a situated structure of the phenomena for each participant. From the situated structures four themes emerged to form the generalized structure of the phenomena: a) letting go/moving on, b) perception of nurturing alliances, c) free choice stemming from the contentment of enhanced awareness, d) envisioning of the ultimate. Elaborations of the four themes suggest that for the participants in this study, male to male friendships sustained them through a time in their adolescent development when their sense of their own self esteem was unsure. Different from the previous study the perception of friendships changed with maturation to become more substantive, emotionally healthy and nurturing.&nbsp; Lastly, their friendships with other males were not emotionally impoverished and in fact were emotionally intimate. From a clinical perspective uncritical acceptance of stereotypical gender roles when relating to boys and men is counterproductive to the development of a strong therapeutic alliance. It is important that we respond to men in a way that recognizes their need for affiliation.</td></tr></table>en_GB
dc.date.available2011-10-26T12:10:32Z-
dc.date.issued2011-10-17en_GB
dc.date.accessioned2011-10-26T12:10:32Z-
dc.description.sponsorshipSigma Theta Tau Internationalen_GB
All Items in this repository are protected by copyright, with all rights reserved, unless otherwise indicated.