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ERIC Number: ED557526
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2014
Pages: 132
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: 978-1-3039-9845-4
Understanding How Irritable Bowel Disease Affects Full-Time Employees at a Community College in North Carolina
LeGrand, Erin Trado
ProQuest LLC, Ed.D. Dissertation, North Carolina State University
The fields of Adult Education and Higher Education serve not only to educate students, but also as employers for many faculty and staff. All too often, employees are treated homogenously and little thought is given to employees who face the trials of coping with a chronic illness. Employees with chronic illness face marginalization in the workplace due to their disease. There is a need to increase awareness of this marginalization and to fully understand the experiences of chronically ill employees. The focus of this research is to explore the experiences of employees with Irritable Bowel Disease (IBD) at a community college in the western region of North Carolina. This study employs a qualitative research design that uses an in-depth phenomenological methodology to determine the essence of what it means to be an employee with IBD at a particular community college in the western region of North Carolina. The three study participants were a purposeful sample of full-time employees at a community college who have received an official diagnosis of IBD, Ulcerative Colitis or Crohn's Disease. The experiences of these individuals were captured through the participant's written accounts, semi-structured interviews, and the researcher's field notes. The study found that the participants desired better understanding on behalf of the institution and their coworkers to decrease the sense of isolation that accompanies being a chronically ill employee. Suggestions were made to institute formalized policies that would allow for a common understanding of the resources and support provided for chronically ill employees and would serve as a tool for institution wide understanding of how chronic illnesses impact the workplace. [The dissertation citations contained here are published with the permission of ProQuest LLC. Further reproduction is prohibited without permission. Copies of dissertations may be obtained by Telephone (800) 1-800-521-0600. Web page:]
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Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations
Education Level: Adult Education; Higher Education; Postsecondary Education; Two Year Colleges
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: North Carolina