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The meaning of hope for professed Catholic women religious in their third age of life
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132 p.
Adviser: Ellen Olshansky.
Source: Dissertation Abstracts International, Volume: 62-08, Section: B, page: 3557.
Thesis (Ph.D.)--Duquesne University School of Nursing, 2001.
The purpose of this study was to explore the meaning of hope among a particular group of retired, professed Catholic women religious in the third age of life. Methodological triangulation was used to gather the data. Twenty-six sisters were interviewed and the constant comparative analysis technique from grounded theory was used to analyze the transcribed data. Each participant also completed two self-report instruments, the Herth Hope Index and the Background Data Form. Descriptive statistics, ANOVA, and regression analysis procedures were used to analyze the data from these sources. The quantitative data obtained from the instruments reinforced the findings from the qualitative data and resulted in the construction of a beginning substantive theory that helps to describe and explain hope and the hoping process in the lives of these sisters. Hope was discovered to be a multidimensional, dynamic life-force that impacts the physical and psychological health of the sisters. Hope is the basis of their relationship with God and is the cornerstone of their commitment to their religious vocation to serve God and their neighbor. It enables them to work with joy and courage as they strive for final union with God for themselves and others. Their hope is an energy force directing their focus from personal needs, to an ever-expanding awareness of the needs of others. This life-force enables them to envision a future of eternal happiness with God and thus transcend the present with confidence in God's love and promise. The sisters identified immanent hopes, focused on present needs, and transcendent hopes, focused on, final union with God. Interconnectedness with God and others, and an innerconnectedness with self nourished the hoping process. Negative relationships, change, loss, and world and social issues were factors they identified as threats to their hope. The fruits of their hope were joy, energy, courage, and the ability to make and keep a commitment to follow their vocation to serve God and God's people.
Women's Studies.
Religion, General.
Health Sciences, Nursing.
School of Nursing
School code: 0685.
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