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dc.contributor.advisorKortegast, Carrieen_US
dc.contributor.authorZambito, Jillen_US
dc.date.accessioned2019-11-26T20:24:59Z
dc.date.available2019-11-26T20:24:59Z
dc.date.issued2017
dc.identifier.urihttps://commons.lib.niu.edu/handle/10843/21250
dc.descriptionAdvisors: Carrie Kortegast.en_US
dc.descriptionCommittee members: Suzanne Degges-White; Katrina Myers Caldwell.en_US
dc.descriptionIncludes bibliographical references.en_US
dc.description.abstractThe purpose of this phenomenological study was to explore the lived experiences of college students who are mothers at a large, public Midwestern research university. Using a feminist theoretical perspective, the focus of the research was to better understand how students who are mothers experience college. I sought to understand how the gendered nature of higher education and family roles impacted the experience of college mothers. A set of three semi-structured interviews was conducted with eight participants who identified as college students who are mothers. This interview process was followed by an analysis of the data using epoche bracketing, phenomenological reduction, horizonalization, imaginative variation and textural and structural descriptions. I examined all of the data using Schlossberg's transition theory as a model to understand how students who are mothers navigate transitions during their college experience. The main themes identified include; Octopus Mom; Personal Relationships Provided Emotional and Logistical Support of College Students Who are Mothers; Changes to Self and Threats to Persisting and Engaging in College. These findings furthered the literature on this subject. Recommendations and suggestions for further research are also provided.en_US
dc.format.extentix, 187 pagesen_US
dc.language.isoengen_US
dc.publisherNorthern Illinois Universityen_US
dc.rightsNIU theses are protected by copyright. They may be viewed from Huskie Commons for any purpose, but reproduction or distribution in any format is prohibited without the written permission of the authors.en_US
dc.subject.lcshEducation, Higheren_US
dc.subject.lcshAdult educationen_US
dc.titleOctopus moms : the lived experiences of college students who are mothersen_US
dc.type.genreDissertation/Thesisen_US
dc.typeTexten_US
dc.contributor.departmentCounseling, Adult and Higher Educationen_US
dc.description.degreeEd.D. (Doctor of Education)en_US


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