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Thesis - University Access Only
Master of Science (MS)
Communication Studies and Theatre
Dr. Jenn Anderson
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
Resident assistants (Dormitories)
Includes bibliographical references (pages 78-87)
Number of Pages
South Dakota State University
In Copyright - Educational Use Permitted
Konda-Varilek, Kama, "Investigating Work/Life Balance of Community Assistants in University Housing" (2015). Electronic Theses and Dissertations. 1823.