Boundary Ambiguity and the Non-Deployed Parent

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Title:
Boundary Ambiguity and the Non-Deployed Parent A Qualitative Study
Physical Description:
1 online resource (236 p.)
Language:
english
Creator:
Diehl, Emily L
Publisher:
University of Florida
Place of Publication:
Gainesville, Fla.
Publication Date:

Thesis/Dissertation Information

Degree:
Doctorate ( Ph.D.)
Degree Grantor:
University of Florida
Degree Disciplines:
Marriage and Family Counseling, Human Development and Organizational Studies in Education
Committee Chair:
ECHEVARRIA-DOAN,SILVIA CARIDAD
Committee Co-Chair:
DANIELS,MARION HARRY
Committee Members:
KORO-LJUNGBERG,MIRKA ELINA
RADUNOVICH,HEIDI LISS

Subjects

Subjects / Keywords:
boundary-ambiguity -- military -- photo-elicitation
Human Development and Organizational Studies in Education -- Dissertations, Academic -- UF
Genre:
Marriage and Family Counseling thesis, Ph.D.
bibliography   ( marcgt )
theses   ( marcgt )
government publication (state, provincial, terriorial, dependent)   ( marcgt )
born-digital   ( sobekcm )
Electronic Thesis or Dissertation

Notes

Abstract:
Previous studies indicate that family separations due to deployment lead to changes in the functioning of children and spouses, as well as the family system, of military personnel. The stresses and outcomes reported in the literature investigating family functioning during deployment can be theoretically connected through the notions of the family as a system, the family system as physically and psychologically constituted through the perceptions of family members, and family stress models. Specific to families that experience such separation, Pauline Boss (1980) has investigated the construct of boundary ambiguity, a phenomenon believed to explain the role reorganization that occurs in the absence of a family member. Yet, research has minimally explored how boundary ambiguity is experienced or how the parenting role becomes reorganized during deployment from the perspective of the non-deployed parent, despite the apparent link between parent role stresses and child outcomes evident in the literature. The purpose of this qualitative study was to query the phenomenon of boundary ambiguity as it related to the parenting role, specifically as resulting role reorganization was experienced and understood by a non-deployed parent within the context of the military family system during deployment. The study was guided by a hermeneutic phenomenological approach and employed photo-elicitation as the method through which the lived experiences of a parent during deployment were explored. Participant photographs and interviews were iteratively analyzed through a combination of visual analysis and interpretative phenomenological analysis. The findings from this research advance understanding of how boundary ambiguity is experienced by the non-deployed parent within the context of the military family system during deployment. The findings offer insights into how the parenting role becomes reorganized in various and complex ways as boundary ambiguity is encountered over the course of a deployment. These findings prompt a re-thinking of the role stresses and outcomes of family members that occur when families experience separation during a deployment. Implications for policy and family therapy are discussed, and recommendations for future research are offered.
General Note:
In the series University of Florida Digital Collections.
General Note:
Includes vita.
Bibliography:
Includes bibliographical references.
Source of Description:
Description based on online resource; title from PDF title page.
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Statement of Responsibility:
by Emily L Diehl.
Thesis:
Thesis (Ph.D.)--University of Florida, 2014.
Local:
Adviser: ECHEVARRIA-DOAN,SILVIA CARIDAD.
Local:
Co-adviser: DANIELS,MARION HARRY.
Electronic Access:
RESTRICTED TO UF STUDENTS, STAFF, FACULTY, AND ON-CAMPUS USE UNTIL 2016-05-31

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Source Institution:
UFRGP
Rights Management:
Applicable rights reserved.
Classification:
lcc - LD1780 2014
System ID:
UFE0046562:00001