TWU Thesis Collection

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The lived experiences of romantic relationships following child loss
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Erin Buhr (author), Derrick Klaassen (thesis supervisor), Briana N. Goff (second reader), Paige Toller (external examiner), Trinity Western University SGS (Degree granting institution)
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This study examined the impact a child’s death had on bereaved parent’s relationships with their significant other utilizing phenomenology. The research question was “what was the experience of the relationship with your significant other following the loss of your child?” Semi-structured interviews were conducted with eight participants. Themes included: The relationship changed after the child’s death; Communication was important to the relationship dynamic; Grieving differences existed and impacted the relationship; Specific behaviours were identified that had the potential to facilitate or harm; Individual grief impacted the relationship; Couples’ utilized additional emotional support outside the relationship; Sex decreased. The themes were discussed within the context of the larger bereavement literature which included grieving differences, continuing bonds, and trauma models for couples. Themes were also discussed with regard for how to provide informed counselling interventions for bereaved parents, such as addressing issues that may arise because of grieving differences.
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2014
Living Well with Long Term Type 1 Diabetes
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Donna Epp (author), Barbara Astle (second reader), Betty Jean Tucker (external examiner), Trinity Western University SGS (Degree granting institution), Sonya Grypma (thesis supervisor)
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Although many studies have explored the experience of the person with Type 1 Diabetes, most examine the experience of the child, adolescent, or the person in transition to adulthood. Few studies focus on the person living long term with Type 1 Diabetes. This study explored the facilitators and barriers to living well with Type 1 Diabetes for the long term. Four themes were identified: accommodating and battling the disease, the convenience and constraint of technology and treatment, self-reliance and reliance on others, and external and personal knowledge. Implications for the health care team include: recognize the person is the expert on their diabetes and develop a relationship of collegiality and problem solving; as the context of a person’s life affects their diabetes management, have conversations about life, beyond just diabetes control; and screen for, learn about, and be aware of ways to address diabetes distress.
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2017
The Marketed Image of Nursing to Prospective Students of Canadian Baccalaureate Nursing Programs
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Heather Elliott (author), Sonya Grypma (thesis supervisor), Joan Boyce (second reader), Trinity Western University SGS (Degree granting institution)
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This qualitative descriptive study examined and compared the online marketing materials of 91 baccalaureate nursing programs in Canada. It explored the prevalent physical and affective characteristics of nursing as marketed to prospective nursing students in five different regions of Canada (Eastern, Northern, Central, Prairie, and Western). The study examined Canadian nursing program websites for their emphasis on (1) descriptions of the symbos, roles and goals of nursing; (2) the character, characteristics and qualifications of nurses; (3) the human populations and physical environments wherein nurses work; (4) the bahaviours and work of nurses; (5) the selection criteria of nursing students; (6) approaches to nursing education, including the foci of curriculum; and (7) representations of commitment by nursing students and professional nurses. The study found that the Canadian image of nursing as marketed on baccalaureate websites varies according to region, with marked differences noted between online marketing materials of Francophone and anglophone program websites. The study findings raise questions about the "honesty" (congruence) of marketing images, and highlight the lack of "commitment" and "persistence" as attitudes and behaviours necessary for nursing practice in Canada. This study has implications for prospective students of nursing, nursing educators, nursing program developers, nursing recruiters, and governing nursing organizations and associations.
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2011
Maturity Matters: How Ego Development Helps Chinese-Canadian Biculturals Flourish
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Katherine Halvorson (author), Marvin McDonald (thesis supervisor), Mihaela Launeanu (second reader), Jeffery Yen (external examiner), Trinity Western University SGS (Degree granting institution)
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This study explores bicultural identity integration (BII) processes of adult Chinese- Canadians. Research has indicated that BII is generally associated with higher levels of psychological well-being in immigrants. During their bicultural integration, immigrants undergo a significant process of personal development as they mature and become more capable in their new cultural communities. Connections among processes of psychosocial maturity (Loevinger’s ego development), well-being and bicultural identity provide the central focus for this investigation. All questionnaires in this investigation were presented in full bilingual format with both English and Chinese translations for all questions. A moderation analysis examined ways ego development may shape the relations between bicultural identity integration and psychological well-being. Using self-report instruments, data were collected online from a sample of 104 Chinese-Canadian bicultural adults. Results revealed that an overall model incorporating bicultural identity integration, ego development, and a moderation effect significantly predicted psychological well-being, explaining 26% of the variance of psychological well-being for our Chinese-Canadian bicultural sample. Examination of several features of moderation patterns revealed a modest moderation trend involving the blendedness & compartmentalization dimension of BII, p = .053, ΔR2 = .03, in explaining well-being. Although not statistically significant, the trend offers substantive guidance for future research. The bilingual presentation of items provided an environment to simultaneously evoke both cultural frames for participants, as demonstrated in language use patterns and participant comments. This pattern of results suggests that future research is warranted to further explore processes of bicultural integration development of Chinese-Canadian biculturals.
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2016
Memories of Balaam: Translatability of a Religious Specialist in Ancient Israel
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Ryan D. Schroeder (author), Craig Broyles (thesis supervisor), Dirk Büchner (second reader), Trinity Western University SGS (Degree granting institution)
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Scholars have employed the biblical Balaam traditions both in the defense of and in opposition to Jan Assmann’s assertion that early Israel rejected cross-cultural religious translatability. The Hebrew Bible’s diverse portrayals of Balaam have long stimulated scholarly, literary-critical analysis. Also, the Deir ʿAlla inscription provides an intriguing extra-biblical glimpse of this enigmatic character. In this study, I discern how these early depictions of Balaam reflect socially shaped and shared memories of Balaam as a foreign religious specialist who participated in Israel’s past. I argue that early memories of Balaam suggest his warm reception among Yhwh worshipping Israelites in spite of his foreign status. However, later guardians of Israel’s written traditions came to remember and write about Balaam as a diviner whose role in Israel’s past primarily served to demonstrate the dangers of non-Israelites and their abominable religious practices.
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2015
The Messiah and Eschatology in the Psalms of Solomon
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Scott Reynolds (author), na na (second reader), Trinity Western University SGS (Degree granting institution)
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The central purpose of this thesis is to read the Psalms of Solomon as a literary and theological whole while considering the particular historical and theological milieu in which they were written. My reading of the Psalms of Solomon will demonstrate that, in these poems, the Messiah is expected to be a Davidic monarch who will restore the righteous to their appropriate position under the rule of YHWH with a decisive victory that will include the ingathering of the exiles in the penultimate period of history and an everlasting theocratic peace. I will further demonstrate that the writers of these psalms came to this conclusion through a careful rereading of their scriptural traditions based on their current historical circumstances. Connections will be drawn between this understanding of the Messiah’s eschatological role and the role of messianic figures in the Dead Sea Scrolls as well as messianic interpretations in the Septuagint.
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2016
Moral Motivation: A Survey of Attempts to Understand the Motivational Qualities of Moral Judgments
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David E. Hill (author), Myron Penner (thesis supervisor), Phillip Wiebe (second reader), Bob Doede (third reader), Trinity Western University SGS (Degree granting institution)
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Moral judgments and moral action cannot be separated. Whether realist, anti-realist or hybrid, all agree that when a moral judgment is made, motivation to act on that judgment follows. Uncovering the nature and origin of this phenomenon will be invaluable to metaethical advancement, and will also help to shape people’s understanding and expectations of moral action from one another. This paper will explore and evaluate some of the best arguments anti-realists and hybrid theorists argue for, framing the metaethical debate in light of both current empirical and philosophical work. The general question for this thesis will be, “Which stream of thought provides the best account for the phenomenon of moral motivation?” More specifically, I will be arguing in the negative as to whether or not anti-realist and hybrid views successfully avoid significant weaknesses of their own in attempts to develop plausible theories.
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2017
A new edition of Codex I (016) : the Washington manuscript of the epistles of Paul
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Justin Soderquist (author), Kent Clarke (thesis supervisor), Thomas Wayment (second reader), Trinity Western University SGS (Degree granting institution)
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Nearly a century has passed since Henry A. Sanders first published his editio princeps of the Washington Manuscript of the Epistles of Paul (Codex I or 016). Within that time, it has received very little scholarly attention. This new edition provides a fresh, conservative transcription based on two new image sets, and identifies all differences between the new transcription and Sanders. It additionally provides comprehensive lists of variants between Codex I, the Nestle-Aland 28th, and the Robinson Pierpont editions of the Greek New Testament. The new edition also provides valuable data surrounding the manuscript’s provenance, character, scribal habits, textual affiliation, and substantive variants. Several corrections to Sanders are offered, and the new transcription shows the effects of nearly a century upon the manuscript. This work seeks both to update Sanders, and to provide valuable data which will make the text of Codex I more readily accessible for future inquiry.
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2014
No faithful oaths : a comparison of Esau’s speech in Jubilees 37:18-23 with Achilles’ speech in Iliad 22.260-272
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James Hamrick (author), James Scott (thesis supervisor), Dirk Büchner (second reader), Trinity Western University SGS (Degree granting institution)
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Since the discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls in the mid-twentieth century scholars have made significant progress in understanding the Book of Jubilees, yet very little work has been done exploring this composition within its broader non-Jewish Hellenistic literary and cultural context. The handful of studies that have addressed this issue show that Jubilees was conversant with Greek intellectual traditions, demonstrating the potential fruitfulness of this area of research and the need to explore it further. This thesis attempts a modest contribution to this task by examining Esau's speech to Jacob in Jubilees 37:18-23 in light of Achilles' speech to Hector in Iliad 22:260-272. This comparison reveals that Esau’s speech exhibits notable similarities to Achilles’ speech in literary setting, rhetorical purpose, rhetorical mechanism, use of imagery, syntax, vocabulary, and characterization. These similarities are best explained as the result of the author of Jubilees intentionally adopting and adapting elements of the Iliad for his own purposes.
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2014
Northern Psalms in Southern Contexts: Defining a Historical Setting for the Psalms of Asaph
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Spencer J Elliott (author), Craig C Broyles (thesis supervisor), Dirk Büchner (second reader), Trinity Western University SGS (Degree granting institution)
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The psalms of Asaph (50, 73-83) present an intriguing problem for their interpreters. Though these psalms show every sign of being used in the temple at Jerusalem, they contain a ponderous amount of traditions, geographic references, and names that would be more appropriate in Israel’s northern kingdom. The haphazard geographic and tradition-history provenance of these psalms is best reconciled by assuming a fundamental mixture between northern and southern material in the growing and cosmopolitan city of pre-exilic Jerusalem, beginning in the time of Hezekiah. As northern psalmists moved to Jerusalem after the conquests of the Assyrian empire in the late 8th c. BCE, they brought their traditions of worship and assimilated these traditions within the liturgies of Jerusalem’s temple. These psalms illumine how northern Israelites accommodated to their new Jerusalemite setting after 722 BCE, and how their psalms reflect their experience of forced displacement.
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2019
Northern rural nurses’ self-perceived competence in addressing the spiritual needs of patients with life-limiting conditions by using a palliative approach
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Ibolya Agoston (author), Richard Sawatzky (thesis supervisor), Jean- François Desbiens (second reader), Barbara Pesut (external examiner), Trinity Western University SGS (Degree granting institution)
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Spirituality has been long recognized as part of holistic nursing care. This study examined the degree of self-perceived competence of registered nurses, licensed practical nurses and care-aides in addressing spiritual needs of patients with advancing life-limiting conditions who are in need of a palliative approach. The sample included 189 providers, at twenty rural hospitals, residential and homecare settings in Northern British Columbia, who participated in a provincial survey with the Initiative for a Palliative Approach in Nursing: Education and Leadership (iPANEL). Descriptive statistical analyses and multivariate linear regression were conducted to compare RNs, LPNs and CAs and to examine factors that explain variation in their self-perceived competence to addressing spiritual needs. RNs in homecare had the highest levels of self-perceived competence among care providers across settings. The statistically significant predictors were: self-perceived levels of knowledge and education on spiritual needs, nursing education levels, being older, English as primary language.
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2014
Novice nurses’ experiences providing palliative care for children and their families
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Elizabeth Cernigoy (author), Sheryl Reimer-Kirkham (thesis supervisor), Gwen Rempel (second reader), Heather Meyeroff (external examiner), Trinity Western University SGS (Degree granting institution)
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The role of registered nurses is complex and involves nursing care from the beginning to the end-of-life. Currently, Canadian undergraduate nursing programs rarely focus on specialty training but rather on entry-to-practice competencies. The purpose of this project was to explore the experiences of novice nurses providing palliative care for children and their families.The findings from interviews with eight novice nurses revealed that the caring they provided was influenced by who the nurses were, the knowledge they possessed, the context of their workplaces and societal beliefs about children dying, and the families to whom care was given. The relational practice abilities of the nurses proved to be an overarching theme as the ability to connect with a child and family was foundational. Novice nurses offer important perspectives about pediatric end-of-life care and provide insight into areas of strength and continual improvement for the ultimate benefit of children and their families.
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2014

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