Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Toward the Creation of an International Theoretical Framework: Universality in J. K. Rowling's "Harry Potter"
by Stephenson, Brittany H., Ph.D., The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, 2013, 60; 3619484
Abstract (Summary)

As psychology has become increasingly globalized, the Western orientation of the foundations of psychology has become apparent. The international practice of psychology requires a more universal theoretical framework for ethical and effective study and intervention. The study of fiction literature provides an avenue of exploration of universal constructs that can contribute to the creation of an international theoretical framework. As the most widely read and widely translated piece of fiction literature relevant today, J. K. Rowling's Harry Potter series is an ideal candidate for a phenomenological, cross-cultural study. This dissertation conducts a phenomenological analysis of participants' experiences reading Harry Potter and suggests three subsequent universal psychological constructs.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Perez, Patricia H. A.
Commitee: Iwen, Michelle, Spaeth, Drake
School: The Chicago School of Professional Psychology
Department: International Psychology: Trauma Services Concentration
School Location: United States -- Illinois
Source: DAI-B 75/08(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: British and Irish literature, Clinical psychology
Keywords: Culture, Harry Potter, International practice, Phenomenology, Psychology
Publication Number: 3619484
ISBN: 978-1-303-88747-5
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