Campus Location

Abilene Campus

Date of Award

Spring 8-13-2018

Document Type

Thesis

Department

Theology

Degree Name

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Committee Chair

Dale Bertram

Second Committee Member

Lisa Merchant

Third Committee Member

Lisa Powell

Abstract

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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