Title page for ETD etd-10142005-103040

Type of Document Dissertation
Author Grogan, John Webster
URN etd-10142005-103040
Title The evolution of family myths : a qualitative analysis of mid- life married men
Degree PhD
Department Family and Child Development
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Allen, Katherine R. Committee Chair
Fu, Victoria R. Committee Member
Keller, James F. Committee Member
Lanter, Joyce C. Committee Member
Lichtman, Marilyn V. Committee Member
  • Men Psychology
  • Myth
  • Family Psychological aspects
Date of Defense 1990-05-05
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This exploratory study examined the nature of family myths as perceived by mid-life married men. Of particular interest was inquiry into the origin of family mythology and the transmission process of myths as perceived by men. The most pervasive themes were found around "relations with father." These themes were indicated in a two-fold typology of "father is absent" and "father is present." The findings from this research present evidence of family myths originating in the family of origin experiences and evolving into contemporary mythology related to conflict management, marital relations, and career roles. Discussion of methodological issues, as well as implications for future research and clinical interventions are presented.

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