Heidi S. Hiatt, Ph.D. is a 2017 graduate fo the PHD Program in Leadership and Change at Antioch University.
Dr. Heidi Hiatt [left] with Committee Chair, Dr. Elizabeth Holloway [center] and Committee Member, Dr. Laurien Alexandre [right]
- Elizabeth Holloway, Ph.D, Committee Chair
- Laurien Alexandre, Ph.D., Committee Member
- Mary Lee Nelson, Ph.D., Committee Membe
Al-Anon Family Groups, Twelve Step Program, sponsorship, boundaries, psychology, mentorship, leadership, narrative inquiry, self-help groups, alcoholism, family members, alcohol abuse, family members, support groups, mentors
The purpose of this study is to gain knowledge about the relationship between sponsor and sponsee in Al-Anon Family Groups from the perspective of sponsors and sponsees in Al-Anon. The main question guiding my research is: What is the nature and quality of the sponsorship relationship as perceived by sponsors and sponsees? Nineteen men and women were interviewed and shared stories of their experience of being a sponsor and a sponsee in the Al-Anon program. I utilized a holistic-content approach to analyze the date from the interviews. To help situate the findings in current literature a discussion of sponsorship in Alcoholics Anonymous, therapy, mentoring, and other helping groups is provided. The findings suggest that there are similarities between Al-Anon sponsorship and mentoring in that both relationships progress through stages of development. The findings suggest that boundaries are an important aspect of Al-Anon that helps its members to healthily detach from other people. Al-Anon members are motivated to help based on the culture of helping found in the program as seen through its service structure and sponsorship. The leadership that Al-Anon sponsors provide finds connections with several leadership theories including, transformational, servant, relational, and authentic leadership. The electronic version of this dissertation is at AURA: Antioch University and Repository Archive, https://aura.antioch.edu/ and Ohio Link ETD Center, https://etd.ohiolink.edu
Hiatt, H. S. (2017). Sponsorship in Al-Anon Family Groups: A Narrative Study. https://aura.antioch.edu/etds/375