Date of Award

1-1-2014

Document Type

Dissertation

Degree Name

Ph.D.

Department

Counseling Psychology

First Advisor

Maria Riva

Abstract

This study explored how young adult initiators of romantic relationship dissolution experience grief and support through the breakup process. Participants were six female and three male undergraduate students at The University of Idaho, all of whom had initiated a breakup within the past six months. Initiators responded to a variety of questions about their experiences in a semi-structured interview. Based on a qualitative analysis of these interviews, a variety of themes emerged highlighting the often-minimized experience of initiating a romantic relationship breakup in early adulthood. Additional analysis compared themes based on participant gender and age. Results suggest that initiators can and do experience grief after their breakups, that their grief is often disenfranchised, and that they value support from family and friends.

Provenance

Recieved from ProQuest

Rights holder

Laura Parisi Finkelstein

File size

144 p.

File format

application/pdf

Language

en

Discipline

Counseling psychology

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