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Document Type

Thesis - University Access Only

Award Date

2015

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)

Department

Communication Studies and Theatre

First Advisor

Dr. Jenn Anderson

Abstract

This study explored how community assistants (CAs) managed the domains of work and life while working in a position that shared the same work and living space. Work/life Border Theory and Cultural Approach to Organizations (organizational culture) were used as theoretical guides. Three focus groups were conducted with a total of 15 participants (N=15). Thematic analysis was used to analyze the transcripts. Two major themes emerged: Blurred Lines and CA Feedback on the SDSU Position. The theme of Blurred Lines refers to the challenge CAs faced when they were working versus the feeling of never being away from work. CA Feedback on the SDSU Position covers possible improvements to the position. Additionally, Blurred Lines had two subthemes: Guilt and Identity. Ideas for future research and limitations are also discussed.

Library of Congress Subject Headings

Work-life balance
Resident assistants (Dormitories)
College students--Attitudes

Description

Includes bibliographical references (pages 78-87)

Format

application/pdf

Number of Pages

107

Publisher

South Dakota State University

Rights

In Copyright - Educational Use Permitted
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