Date of Award


Document Type


Primary Advisor

Dale Bertram

Secondary Advisor

Jennifer Shewmaker

Committee Reader

Heidi Morris


This phenomenological study explores in-depth the descriptions of several families’ lived experiences with Child Life Specialists (CLS). The researcher hoped that a picture would emerge about how families find holistic support for their needs from CLSs during their child’s hospitalization. The in-depth interview method prompted specific stories about the participants’ experiences with CLSs from a phenomenological method. From these stories, the researcher gathered and organized participant-specific open codes, and those fell into three broader categories called meta-themes. The selective code, benefits families perceive from experiences with CLSs, sums up the meta-themes and open codes gathered from the participants’ interviews.

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