Participatory Action Research (PAR) was utilized as the primary research methodology in conducting a program evaluation and development of a mythopoetic men’s retreat. Over the course of a two-year exploratory process, a variety of qualitative and quantitative measures were used to plan, conduct, and respond to research studying Victories of the Heart’s Breakthrough Weekend retreats. This research sought to understand the weekend’s effect on the levels of gender role conflict, perceived social support and psychological wellbeing in men who attended the retreat. Changes in these variables were measured using the Gender Role Conflict Scale – Short Form, Multidimensional Scale of Perceived Social Support, and the Flourishing Scale through use of an independent measures pretest posttest design. Qualitative interviews were conducted in order to better understand the research and programmatic needs of Victories of the Heart as an organization, the lived experiences of the men who attended these retreats as well as future directions for research and program development. Although no statistically significant changes were found in the quantitative data, the Breakthrough Weekend participants described their retreat experiences as “life changing” during qualitative interviews.
|Commitee:||Benitez, John, Larson, Paul|
|School:||The Chicago School of Professional Psychology|
|School Location:||United States -- Illinois|
|Source:||DAI-A 78/03(E), Dissertation Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Mental health, Spirituality, Gender studies|
|Keywords:||Experiential learning, Jungian psychodrama, Men and masculinity, Mythopoetic Men's Movement, Participatory action research, Personal growth retreats|
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