Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Women and work-life balance: A phenomenological qualitative analysis of identity, relational style, adaptive style, and drive and motivation, and the role of faith from the narrative life-story framework
by Krymis, Elizabeth, Ed.D., Pepperdine University, 2011, 205; 3481267
Abstract (Summary)

The purpose of this study is to review the literature regarding the plurality of roles of women, including work-life balance issues. The purpose of this study is also to share insights regarding the role of faith in women’s identity, relational style, drive and motivation, and adaptive style. This phenomenological study used the narrative life-course framework to gain understanding of eleven women’s lives as they seek balance in work and life. Four themes were selected based on a previous study by Giele, and include identity, relational style, drive and motivation, and adaptive style. The findings indicate that for those who value faith as an element in their lives, they connect faith to their work, viewing it as part of God’s purpose for their lives and derive meaning from that work. They also value professional and personal relationships that reflected their own faith and values as part of their coping strategies.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Weber, Margaret
Commitee: Schmieder-Ramirez, June, Tobin, Judge John
School: Pepperdine University
Department: Education
School Location: United States -- California
Source: DAI-A 73/02, Dissertation Abstracts International
Source Type: DISSERTATION
Subjects: Religion, Womens studies, Individual & family studies
Keywords: Faith, Gender, Motivation, Women, Work-life balance
Publication Number: 3481267
ISBN: 9781124988924
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