Date of Award
Master of Science (MS)
School of Communication
Lindsey J Thomas
This study implements relational dialectics theory to explore the meaning of parenting from the perspective of parents who had enrolled a child in a residential treatment program. Contrapuntal analysis of six interviews revealed two discourses competing to make meaning of parenting. The Discourse of Demanding Parenting Ideals (DDPI) consisted of two themes: relentless sacrifice and complete responsibility, whereas themes of boundary-setting and acceptance compose the Discourse of Realistic Best Effort (DRBE). Discursive interplay between these discourses occurred in the forms of diachronic separation, synchronic interplay, and discursive transformation to make meaning of parenting and hold theoretical and practical implications.
Worwood, Jared V., ""I Thought that We Could Nurture the Nature out of Our Son": Making Meaning of Parenting in the Narratives of Parents of Children in Residential Treatment" (2021). Theses and Dissertations. 1420.