The purpose of this study was to discover what families perceive as the benefits of participating in family volunteering; specifically service missions and the substantive impact the experience had on the families. A grounded theory approached was used. Five families were identified through a criteria-based snowball sampling technique. The data were analyzed using constant comparison. Based on the data analysis a core category emerged that encapsulated the result of the family service experience. The core category was coined, "family deepening." Family deepening encompassed the essence of the process the families in this study experienced. In order to achieve family deepening the participants in this study participated in a purposive, unique, shared, interactive, and challenging experience. Additionally, they experienced sacrifice. All these attributes appeared to contribute to the process of achieving a family deepening experience.
College and Department
Marriott School of Management; Recreation Management
BYU ScholarsArchive Citation
Palmer, Alexis A., "Family Deepening: A Qualitative Inquiry into the Experience of Families Who Participate in Service Missions" (2005). Theses and Dissertations. 285.
family volunteering, family deepening, relational deepening, family leisure