I need a Ph.D., paper, even though everything not filled in…

I need a Ph.D.,  paper, even though everything not filled in I still need the outline The proposed topic: “Exploring how Christian counseling interventions help incarcerated, chemically dependent African-American women cope: A Qualitative inquiry”. I would propose a grounded theory approach and a hermeneutical perspective. I would focus on in-depth interviews of formerly incarcerated, chemically dependent African American women enrolled in Christian ministry counseling programs as the key methodology for this dissertation. ADD ABSTRACT

Title: Exploring how Christian counseling interventions help incarcerated, chemically dependent African-American women cope: A Qualitative inquiry

Abstract:

This qualitative research study aims to explore the impact of Christian counseling interventions on incarcerated, chemically dependent African-American women. The study will employ a grounded theory approach combined with a hermeneutical perspective to gain a comprehensive understanding of the experiences and coping mechanisms of this population.

The key methodology for this dissertation will involve conducting in-depth interviews with formerly incarcerated, chemically dependent African American women who have participated in Christian ministry counseling programs. Through these interviews, data will be collected on their lived experiences, perceived benefits and drawbacks of the counseling interventions, and the effectiveness of various coping strategies employed during their rehabilitation process.

The research will begin with a comprehensive literature review, centered on three primary themes: Christianity and mental health, counseling interventions in correctional facilities, and the experiences of incarcerated, chemically dependent African-American women. This review will provide the theoretical framework and background understanding necessary to explore the specific research questions.

The grounded theory methodology will enable the researcher to develop a new theoretical understanding of how Christian counseling interventions impact the coping mechanisms of this specific population. This approach involves an iterative process of data collection and analysis, allowing for the emergence of themes and theoretical constructs directly from the participants’ experiences and narratives.

The selection of a hermeneutical perspective for understanding the participants’ perspectives is based on the premise that meanings are generated through interpretation within a socio-cultural context. By engaging in a dialogical process with the participants, the researcher aims to gain rich insights into their unique experiences, beliefs, and perceptions of the Christian counseling interventions.

The sample for this study will consist of formerly incarcerated, chemically dependent African-American women who have actively engaged in Christian ministry counseling programs during their rehabilitation process. The goal is to include a diverse range of participants in terms of age, duration of incarceration, substance abuse history, and program completion status. Purposive sampling will be employed to ensure the selection of participants who can provide a rich and nuanced understanding of the research topic.

Data collection will primarily involve conducting in-depth, semi-structured interviews with the participants. The interviews will be audio-recorded and transcribed verbatim to ensure accuracy during the analysis process. The researcher will establish a trusting and collaborative relationship with the participants to ensure their comfort and willingness to share their experiences openly.

Data analysis will adopt a grounded theory approach, which involves systematic coding, constant comparison, and theoretical sampling of the collected data. The initial coding process will identify the recurring themes and patterns in the participants’ narratives. These codes will then be refined and organized into categories and subcategories, facilitating the development of a theoretical framework capturing the essence of Christian counseling interventions for incarcerated, chemically dependent African-American women.

The findings will be reported in a narrative format, incorporating direct quotations from the participants to ground the analysis in their lived experiences. The resulting theoretical framework will contribute to the existing body of knowledge on the effectiveness of Christian counseling interventions for this particular population, offering insight and guidance for future research, policy development, and practical implementation of counseling programs in correctional facilities.

Keywords: Christian counseling, incarcerated women, chemical dependency, African-American, qualitative inquiry, grounded theory, hermeneutical perspective.