Campus Location

Abilene Campus (Residential)

Date of Award

Spring 8-2018

Document Type



Marriage and Family Therapy

Degree Name

Master of Marriage and Family Therapy

Committee Chair or Primary Advisor

Dale Bertram

Second Committee Member or Secondary Advisor

Lisa Merchant

Third Committee Member or Committee Reader

Lisa Powell


This study examines a phenomenological study of the experiences of military couples who have a child with autism. The research analysis was conducted with Polkinghorne’s (1989) ideas in mind, using a limited number of participants who all share a similar lived experience. The research was carried out with six married couples who are currently serving in the military and have a child with autism. After a brief overview of autism, military families, and marital satisfaction, the research hypothesis of the specific study follows. The present study, therefore, used a qualitative methodology in the form of Creswell’s (2014) definition of phenomenology to explore marital satisfaction of each couple.



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