Title page for ETD etd-42898-171311

Type of Document Master's Thesis
Author McFall, Barbara Skerry Jr.
Author's Email Address bmcfall@hotmail.com
URN etd-42898-171311
Title Personal Resource Systems Management (PRSM): A proposal for interactive practice
Degree Master of Science
Department Housing, Interior Design, and Resource Management
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Germana, Joseph
Sawyers, Janet K.
Smith, Eric P.
Leech, Irene E. Committee Chair
  • Personal Resources
  • Systems
  • Management
  • Change
  • Stress
  • Quality of Life
Date of Defense 1998-04-09
Availability unrestricted
Personal Resource Systems Management (PRSM):

A Proposal for Interactive Practice

Barbara Skerry McFall


Personal resource systems define the quality of daily living, shaping personal well-being,

societal satisfaction and overall quality of life. This study explores the construct of

such systems through the emerging concept of Personal Resource Systems Management

(PRSM) and models that concept for future research, consideration and debate. It is a

qualitative exercise in grounded theory, a demonstration of integrative, interdisciplinary

scholarship and a contribution to interactive practice in resource management, a subject

matter specialty of Family and Consumer Sciences (FCS). As such the proposed PRSM

model advances the stated goal of FCS practice to "promote optimal well-being of

families, individuals and communities." Specifically, a PRSM model within the context of

FCS should

describe person-environment interaction

as well as aggregates thereof (family and community) and

identify diverse daily impacts on the quality of living, personal well-being, societal

satisfaction and overall quality of life

by modeling a consistent system of multiple options, each with a clear solution

Twenty-three existing models appearing in resource management texts between 1975 and

1996 were evaluated for the ability to adequately support these assumptions, using the

Liebert and Spiegler framework for evaluation of theory. Though most models provided

partial support, no existing models fully fit the adopted criteria. Traditional resource

management concepts were therefore adapted and extended using interdisciplinary

findings to model the Personal Resource Systems Management (PRSM) concept.

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