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Communicating Religious Disaffiliation: A Study of the Context, Family Conversations, and Face Negotiation among Young Adults

Abstract This study investigated how young adults communicate their decision to religiously disaffiliate to their parents. Both the context in which the religious disaffiliation conversation took place and the communicative behaviors used during the religious disaffiliation conversation were studied. Research questions and hypotheses were guided by Family Communication Patterns Theory and Face Negotiation Theory. A partially mixed sequential quantitative dominate status design was employed to answer the research questions and hypotheses. Interviews were conducted with 10 young adults who had either disaffiliated from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints or the Watch Tower Society. During the interviews, the survey instrument was refined; ... (more)
Created Date 2015
Contributor Fisk, Megan (Author) / Cheong, Pauline H (Advisor) / Roberto, Anthony (Committee member) / Gee, James (Committee member) / Arizona State University (Publisher)
Subject Communication / Comparative religion / Individual & family studies / Disaffiliation / Face Negotiation / Family Communication Patterns / Jehovah's Witnesses / Latter-day Saints
Type Doctoral Dissertation
Extent 130 pages
Language English
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Note Doctoral Dissertation Communication 2015
Collaborating Institutions Graduate College / ASU Library
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