Date of Award


Degree Name

Master of Arts



First Advisor

Dr. Leigh A. Ford

Second Advisor

Dr. Mark P. Orbe

Third Advisor

Dr. Kathleen Wong

Access Setting

Masters Thesis-Campus Only


This study focused on the exploration of adolescent grieving processes. Specifically, relational dialectics was used as a framework for understanding adolescent grief after the death of a parent. In particular, I was interested in the ways parental death affects adolescents' relationships with other people in their lives. Through autoethnography, I identified more clearly the thoughts and feelings that I have experienced since the loss of my mother. This process allowed me to identify primary and secondary dialectical tensions that I have been experiencing. This study explored both the complex intrapersonal and interpersonal communication issues of my particular loss while providing insight into this experience for others.

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