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Document Type

Thesis - University Access Only

Award Date


Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)

Department / School

Communication Studies and Theatre

First Advisor

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

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


Includes bibliographical references (pages 78-87)



Number of Pages



South Dakota State University



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In Copyright