Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
John C Thomas
Primary Subject Area
Sociology, Individual and Family Studies; Psychology, Behavioral
family, parents, teenager, text messaging
Other Social and Behavioral Sciences | Social and Behavioral Sciences
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.