Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Victories of the Heart: An Evaluation of a Transformative Men's Retreat
by Miller, Josiah James, Psy.D., The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, 2017, 119; 10159295
Abstract (Summary)

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.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Larson, Paul
Commitee: Benitez, John, Larson, Paul
School: The Chicago School of Professional Psychology
Department: Clinical 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
Publication Number: 10159295
ISBN: 9781369142822
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