An investment in knowledge pays the best interest. Benjamin Franklin
The road to Spokane has come to a happy ending with the completion and acceptance of my thesis entitled… Spiral of Silence: Caregiving, Stress and its Impact in the Workplace.
Originally proposed by German political scientist Elisabeth Noelle-Neumann in 1974, Spiral of Silence is the term meant to refer to the tendency of people to remain silent when they feel that their views are in opposition to the majority view on a subject. My theory suggested that working family caregivers, fearful of losing their job, do not self-identify at work because they feel that they are in the minority. I am happy to report that 75% of the respondents who indicated that they did self-identify at work found some form of relief. However, 25% of the respondents who did not self-identify at work as a family caregiver, were fearful of losing their job or that self-identifying would be of no help to them. I am very grateful to Denise Brown from Caregiving.com for allowing me to take part in Caregiving.com yearly working family caregiving survey. Please feel free to reach out to Denise Brown at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any further questions about the working family caregiving survey and how you might get a copy.
Of course there is much more to the thesis; we have more work to do to bring awareness to the epidemic of stress that working family caregivers face on a daily basis.
It is difficult to find the words to describe the feeling of earning a Master’s Degree in Leadership and Communication from Gonzaga University. I love the Jesuit tradition and the spirit of Gonzaga. Professor Michael Hazel has been terrific throughout the entire process, as have all of the staff at the University. I will always remember Dr. Hazel’s sage advice at the beginning of the thesis in January, when my goals were bigger than the time frame, “The best thesis is a completed thesis.” Michael Hazel knows his “stuff!” It is a good feeling to have the thesis completed, an even better feeling to now be an alumnus of Gonzaga. It is nice to know there are life-long friends in Spokane, WA.
I am getting ready to embark on a new road, (one that is not virtual as was my road to Spokane); I look ahead with anticipation and excitement because I am creating a life to love after caregiving ends through writing, radio, travel and advocacy.
Leave your limiting self-doubts behind and go and grab the life you have always dreamed.
That is my new road to follow!
Chris MacLellan is the author of “What’s The Deal with Caregiving” and the executive producer and host of “Healing Ties” radio show and a alumni of Gonzaga University!