1. Are female and between the ages of 18 and 30.
2. Grew up in the state of Utah.
3. Have left the LDS (either officially or by just choosing to not attend church or socialize within the community).
4. Are potentially willing to meet more than once for about an hour each time in your private place of choice.
I have a long personal history with Salt Lake City that has inspired an interest in how story-telling factors into personal reconstruction. Surprisingly, very little research exists that concentrates on waning religiosity in the United States, in particular Christianity, and what little is available emphasizes males and falls under the sociological umbrella, mainly utilizing survey techniques rather than person-centered interviews. Having had several friends fall away from Mormonism and other branches of Christianity over the years in addition to the text-based research I have done, there seems to be a need for this gap to be filled in, as well as for mainstream Mormonism to be explored more systematically. My hope is that in doing so, the research will provide a basis for assisting future questioners that may not have access to direct social support beyond whatever counter-culture that exists within the given environment.
Over the course of July and part of August of this year, I'd be asking you about our personal history and your perceptions of the LDS, the state, and how you see yourself in relation to all of these. There would be no monetary compensation for participating in this study, but I will be able to trade other services (errand-running, cleaning, childcare, tutoring, etc) and pay for refreshments during the interviews.
If you have any interest in the project (or know of anyone you believe might be), please contact me via email with any questions or requests you might have at:
nk1987 (at) ucla (dot) edu
Thank you for your time and consideration! I won't inundate the community with any more posts regarding this project. I just figured it was worth a shot.