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Thesis - University Access Only
Master of Science (MS)
Counseling and Human Development
Graduate school is a stressful time for all students, but may present unique challenges for students in committed relationships. Stress spillover leads to increased relationship strife during times of stress in one partner’s life. The present study examines whether relationship stress is different amongst counseling students and STEM students. The study also examines other areas which can impact relationship satisfaction, including time spent together in a given week, length of the relationship, whether one or both partners are in school, and if the relationship began prior to or during graduate school. No difference in relationship satisfaction was found between counseling students and STEM students. Increased relationship satisfaction was associated with more time spent together in a typical week and the relationship beginning during, not before, graduate school. Length of relationship and whether both partners were in school were not related to relationship satisfaction in the current study.
Library of Congress Subject Headings
Counseling -- Study and teaching (Graduate)
Science -- Study and teaching (Graduate)
Engineering -- Study and teaching (Graduate)
Includes bibliographical references (pages 30-35)
Number of Pages
South Dakota State University
In Copyright - Non-Commercial Use Permitted
Nitchals-Kellner, Ellyn C., "Is My Degree Bad for My Marriage? Graduate School and Intimate Partner Relationship Satisfaction" (2014). Electronic Theses and Dissertations. 1999.