Degree Type

Dissertation

Date of Award

2010

Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy

Department

Human Development and Family Studies

First Advisor

Megan J. Murphy

Abstract

Using grounded theory with a constructivist perspective, this study sought to gain greater insight and understanding regarding how a select group of males were able to demonstrate resilience by overcoming risky behaviors. Male college students with past

engagement in risky behaviors were interviewed to gain their perceptions of what helped them to discontinue their risky behaviors during adolescence and demonstrate resilience. Participants were asked to share what it was that specifically contributed to their risky

behaviors and themes were developed based on their responses using a grounded theory method to further understand what helped them to demonstrate their resilience. Implications are discussed regarding how these results can help current adolescents who are struggling with engagement in risky behaviors and how adults surrounding these adolescents can provide the needed support and assistance with these behaviors, as well as ideas for future research.

Copyright Owner

Matthew Thomas Hiveley

Language

en

Date Available

2012-04-30

File Format

application/pdf

File Size

151 pages

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