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ERIC Number: EJ783475
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 14
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 44
ISSN: ISSN-0897-5264
University Students' Experiences of Nonmarital Breakups: A Grounded Theory
Hebert, Sarah; Popadiuk, Natalee
Journal of College Student Development, v49 n1 p1-14 Jan-Feb 2008
Prior nonmarital breakup research has been focused on negative outcomes, rarely examining the personal growth aspects of this experience. In this study, we used a qualitative grounded theory methodology to explore the changes that university students reported experiencing as a result of a heterosexual nonmarital breakup and how those changes arose. From the participant accounts, we constructed a grounded theoretical model that conceptualizes and explains change and personal growth following nonmarital breakups. In this model, we assert that students may experience stress-related growth after a breakup and we provide a framework for explaining these changes. Implications for counseling are discussed. (Contains 1 figure.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: Counselors
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Canada