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Conflict and anger in women religious

Janet Malone, University of Massachusetts Amherst


The purpose of this qualitative research was to gain insight on how twenty-one women religious described and gave meaning to their experiences of conflict and anger within the cultural organization of the Congregation de Notre Dame (CND). The conflict and anger norms and taboos of the CND were named and analyzed to determine their effects on how the women religious in that organization handled conflict and expressed anger. Applying the holistic-inductive principles of naturalistic inquiry, one audiotaped indepth interview of 60-90 minutes, using a focused interview guide, was carried out with these CND women religious, accessed through purposeful sampling. The criterion for purposeful sampling in the data collection was based on information redundancy. Data reduction, management and analysis were carried out by means of the constant comparative method, in which categories, patterns and themes emerged from and were grounded in the data. In this process, extensive use was made of verbatim quotes from the participants' audiotaped interviews, through which they recounted and validated their personal experiences of conflict and anger within the CND.

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Malone, Janet, "Conflict and anger in women religious" (1991). Doctoral Dissertations Available from Proquest. AAI9120913.