Journal article

Parent's Conception and Experience of Calling in Child Rearing: A Qualitative Analysis

Justin Coulson, Lindsay Oades, Gerard Stoyles

Journal of Humanistic Psychology | SAGE PUBLICATIONS INC | Published : 2012


The concept of "calling" has evolved from a religiously oriented description of occupation to an integrated, broad, and multidimensional construct that is associated with optimal vocational outcomes, personal fulfillment and meaning, and contribution to the "greater good." This article investigates the relevance of calling in the parental domain and explores the experience of calling in child rearing. Using interpretative phenomenological analysis, 11 qualitative, semistructured interviews were conducted with mothers and fathers. Different parents were interviewed at three distinct developmental time points in their child(ren)'s lives: while their child was an infant (17 years). Parents of b..

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