ERIC Number: ED233283
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Mar
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The Effects of Doctoral Study on Marriage and Family: An Ethnographic Study.
Stresses which accompany graduate education are often a source of marital conflict and disruption for students and their families. To investigate the effects of the graduate experience on intra- and inter-family relationships among married doctoral student couples, and to discover how these students cope with the dual student/spouse role, 16 full-time married doctoral students (8 males and 8 females) and their non-enrolled but employed spouses participated in ethnographic interviews over a 6 month period. Results of ethnographic analyses highlighted four recurring themes: (1) support from spouse and parents (financial, emotional/psychological, academic, and basic needs); (2) factors affecting marital stability (i.e., financial problems, time pressures, children, communication, sexual concerns, role conflict, physical and emotional separation); (3) social relationships and interaction (influenced by such factors as interest in status changes, absence of married peers, fears associated with terminating relationships upon graduation, and special needs of the non-student); and (4) status (affected by such factors as living arrangements, student-spouse role conflicts, measurement of status through enrollment and grades, locus of control, and financial conditions). The results have implications for the role of university and student affairs professionals who deal with the married graduate student. The telephone interview and interview questions are appended. (Author/WAS)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers; Tests/Questionnaires
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American College Personnel Association (Houston, TX, March 13-16, 1983).