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Dialogue as a Way of Life: Moral Turning Points in Emerging Adulthood

Abstract ABSTRACT This study explored the functions of dialogue in emerging adults' moral turning points. Through purposive sampling, the researcher interviewed 10 emerging adults between 25 and 30 years old about experiences of turning point conversations during the years of 18 and 25. This study employed constant comparative and grounded theory methodologies to analyze messages reported in memorable conversations during this period. Results indicated that dialogue functioned to educate, disturb, and maintain emerging adults' moral perception during this period of moral reorientation. Subcategories under each included dialogue that functioned to explain, invite, warn, direct or instruct, challenge, persuade, agitate, expose, inquire, legit... (more)
Created Date 2010
Contributor Danaher, Joshua (Author) / Waldron, Vincent R (Advisor) / Ramsey, Ramsey E (Committee member) / Kelley, Douglas L (Committee member) / Arizona State University (Publisher)
Subject Communication / dialogue / emerging adulthood / morality / turning points
Type Masters Thesis
Extent 151 pages
Language English
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Note M.A. Communication Studies 2010
Collaborating Institutions Graduate College / ASU Library
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