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Type of Document Dissertation
Author Swanson, Mandy Lynn
URN etd-04202010-153537
Title A Qualitative Exploration of Christian, Native American Families
Degree Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)
Department Human Ecology
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Marks, Loren Committee Chair
Baumgartner, Jennifer Committee Member
Buchanan, Teresa Committee Member
Chaney, Cassandra Committee Member
Schafer, Mark Dean's Representative
  • Christian
  • religion
  • marriage
  • qualitative
  • Native American
  • family
Date of Defense 2009-11-06
Availability unrestricted
Research on Native American families is limited and emphasizes the deficits of families and overlooks those Native American families that are thriving. This study seeks to illuminate the strengths of highly religious, Christian, Native American, married couples. The study employs a strengths-based perspective to examine how and why religious coping is meaningful and influential for these Native American couples’ enduring marriages and in their efforts to be responsive parents. From interviews of fifteen heterosexual, Native American, married couples (n=30), five themes emerged from the coding and analysis: 1) Faith and Culture: “They go hand in hand”, 2) Influence of Faith and Culture on marriage, 3) Generational Transference: “If you don’t have it, it won’t be there”, 4) Religious Coping, and 5) Challenges. Research and clinical implications are addressed.
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