ERIC Number: ED232548
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Mar
Reference Count: 0
The Effects of Enrollment on Full-Time Married Doctoral Students: An Ethnographic Study. ASHE 1983 Annual Meeting Paper.
Madrey, Francine Giles
The effects of the graduate experience on the intra- and inter-family relationships among married doctoral student couples were studied. Full-time students 35 years old or less enrolled at Ohio State University in 1982 and their nonenrolled spouses made up the sample. The ways that these students coped with the dual student-spouse role and made meaning of their experiences were also addressed. Techniques of ethnographic interviews were employed in collecting and analyzing data. Four major aspects of the married doctoral students' experiences were used to described behaviors, attitudes, perceptions, and relationships: (1) support, (2) marital stability, (3) social relationships, and (4) status. The most important source of support for the student was the spouse, who provided financial, emotional/psychological, and basic needs support. Factors that affect marital stability included differences in spouses' educational levels and interests, financial problems, time pressures, children, communication, sexual concerns, and role conflict. Generally, relationships developed within the college did not serve important support roles, and enrollment may have altered the student's perceived or actual status in either a positive or negative way. Interview questions and a telephone questionnaire are appended. (SW)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: ASHE Annual Meeting
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Association for the Study of Higher Education (Washington, DC, March 25-26, 1983).