This paper examines the work of older Black women who used collaborative inquiry to process issues around living with adult children with extraordinary needs. The co-researchers met four times over the course of several months exploring many facets—economic, psychological, interpersonal, and practical;—of domestic life when two sets of related adults (older parent and adult child) cohabit. Our work involved cycles of action and reflection, using conversations, journal writing, art, poetry, storytelling, and music.
Three significant outcomes resulted from these cycles of action and reflection. First, participants grew in their commitment to and practice of self-care. Secondly, participants focused on seeking the good in the other. Thirdly, participants grew in their skills of intentional listening and releasing the outcome.
In the context of twenty-first century leadership, this focus on parenting has implications for any type of leadership, because the issues addressed and the skills involved have many areas of overlap.
|Advisor:||Crawley, La Vera, Welch, Marguerite A.|
|School:||Saint Mary's College of California|
|Department:||School of Education|
|School Location:||United States -- California|
|Source:||MAI 56/03M(E), Masters Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Educational leadership, Health education|
|Keywords:||Adult, Children, Healing, Love, Parenting, Sacred|
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