Campus Location

Abilene Campus (Residential)

Date of Award

Spring 5-2019

Document Type



Marriage and Family Therapy

Degree Name

Master of Marriage and Family Therapy

Committee Chair or Primary Advisor

Dr. Dale Bertram

Second Committee Member or Secondary Advisor

Dr. Lisa Merchant

Third Committee Member or Committee Reader

Dr. Lisa Powell


While most research regarding enmeshment has been decidedly negative, researchers analyzing diverse cultures have found that enmeshment can act as a healthy tool for family members. This thesis examines the limits of healthy enmeshment and focuses on military families. It strives to answer whether enmeshment can be a tool utilized to keep the family safely together. This thesis combines narrative and grounded analysis to determine that military families can experience variations of enmeshment that can be healthy and safe.

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