School of Education
Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership (EdD)
Servant Leadership, Spiritual Formation, Substance Use Disorder, Abstinence Self-efficacy, Human Recovery Capital, Therapeutic Communities
Education | Educational Leadership
Rancourt, Scott J., "A Phenomenological Study of Abstinence Self-Efficacy Experiences among Residential Servant Leaders with Substance Use Disorders" (2020). Doctoral Dissertations and Projects. 2734.
The purpose of this transcendental phenomenological study was to describe the abstinence self-efficacy experiences of participants in a servant leadership program at a Christian residential therapeutic community. The central research question was: What are the lived, abstinence self-efficacy experiences of participants in a servant leadership program at a Christian residential therapeutic community? A purposeful sampling method was utilized to obtain 10 participants from the servant leadership program at the site. Two theories guided this study. The first is servant leadership theory, which focuses on the importance of passionately meeting the needs of others. The second is cognitive-behavior self-efficacy theory, which refers to an individual’s belief in his/her ability to change a behavior. Findings give insight about whether servant leaders experience a greater sense of purpose that contributed to their abstinence self-efficacy. Data collection was conducted through interviews, focus groups, and letters written by participants. Data analysis included epoche, horizonalization, identifying themes, textual descriptions, imaginative variation, and synthesis. The participants indicated that participation in a servant leadership program strengthened their abstinence self-efficacy.