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The Contradictions of Caregiving, Loss, and Grief during Emerging Adulthood: An Autoethnography and Qualitative Content Analysis

Abstract Emerging adulthood--a developmental point in the life span (usually between the ages of 18-25) during which children no longer see themselves as adolescents but would not yet consider themselves adults--is marked by identity exploration and discovering new life directions. When emerging adults find themselves serving as caregivers for their parent during a time when they would normally be establishing autonomy and exploring new directions, they may feel conflicted by their desire to both care for their parent and maintain a sense of independence. Thus, using a multiple-method research design that includes both an autoethnography and a qualitative content analysis of young adult caregivers' online posts, this study intends to uncover t... (more)
Created Date 2010
Contributor Piemonte, Nicole Marie (Author) / Fisher, Carla (Advisor) / Kelley, Douglas (Committee member) / Waldron, Vincent (Committee member) / Wolf, Bianca (Committee member) / Arizona State University (Publisher)
Subject Communication / Medical Ethics / Public Health / autoethnography / cancer / caregiving / mother-daughter / relational dialectics theory / young caregivers
Type Masters Thesis
Extent 143 pages
Language English
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Note M.A. Communication 2010
Collaborating Institutions Graduate College / ASU Library
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