Date

12-2010

Department

Counseling Department

Degree

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Chair

John C Thomas

Primary Subject Area

Sociology, Individual and Family Studies; Psychology, Behavioral

Keywords

family, parents, teenager, text messaging

Disciplines

Other Social and Behavioral Sciences | Social and Behavioral Sciences

Abstract

This study is a phenomenological inquiry of teenagers' text messaging in the context of family communication, relatedness, and connection. Interviews with teenagers and parent are conducted to investigate the experience of text messaging within the family context. Journal entries are also used as sources of data for this study. Transcripts of the audio recordings for the interviews are analyzed for thematic data. Additionally, the participants and two reviewers evaluated the transcripts and interpretations for accuracy. The data for the teenage interviewees is examined next to the data of the parent interviewees for comparative purposes.