Qualitative Research on the Culture and Theology of the Teen Grief Experience for a Teen Grief Ministry: An Ethnographic Approach
The problematic in ministry to grieving teens is: How do I help grieving teens who cannot find anyone with whom to talk about their grief? The working theory is: The local culture---both the teen culture and the adult culture---makes it difficult for teens to find someone with whom they can talk about their grief. The focal research question is: What is the reason this particular culture makes it difficult to talk to grieving teens? An Ethnographic Interview Method is used with Family Systems Theory as a dialogical partner. Nine teens and four adults are recruited. I meet with each person for approximately one hour in a safe place. An Ethnographic Method for Data Analysis is used to analyze the cultural data of symbols and assumptions. The Grounded Theory is involved in finding the cultural and theological meanings teens apply to interpret their grief experiences.
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