Off-campus UMass Amherst users: To download dissertations, please use the following link to log into our proxy server with your UMass Amherst user name and password.
Non-UMass Amherst users, please click the view more button below to purchase a copy of this dissertation from Proquest.
(Some titles may also be available free of charge in our Open Access Dissertation Collection, so please check there first.)
Contentment in "Songs of the Gorilla Nation: My Journey through Autism": A humanbecoming hermeneutic study
Contentment is a universally lived experience that is inexplicably intertwined with health and quality of life. The aims of this humanbecoming hermeneutic study were to identify the essence of the experience of contentment, to contribute to knowledge about humanbecoming, and to contribute to the knowledge base of nursing. The source of data collection was the text of Songs of the Gorilla Nation: My Journey through Autism. Through a hermeneutic process of discoursing with penetrating engagement, interpreting with quiescent beholding, and understanding with inspiring envisaging the structure of the lived experience of contentment was illuminated in the text. The finding is that contentment is enduring serenity unfolding with inspiring unburdening as cherished convictions arise amid disharmony. This finding is comprised of three core concepts: enduring serenity, cherished convictions, and inspiring unburdening. This answers the research question: What is the structure of the lived experience of contentment as described in the text of Songs of the Gorilla Nation: Living with Autism. The findings are discussed in relation to how they enhance understanding of contentment and humanbecoming and how they can inform practice and future research.^
Bonis, Susan A, "Contentment in "Songs of the Gorilla Nation: My Journey through Autism": A humanbecoming hermeneutic study" (2009). Doctoral Dissertations Available from Proquest. AAI3372255.