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dc.contributor.authorBoykin, Esther Lareeen_US
dc.date.accessioned2011-08-06T16:06:41Z
dc.date.available2011-08-06T16:06:41Z
dc.date.issued2004-09-14en_US
dc.identifier.otheretd-09212004-011204en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10919/10128
dc.description.abstractTeenage marriage is a topic that has received limited attention from researchers. In 1990 nearly one out every five first time brides in the United States was under the age of 20. Although it is commonly accepted that these marriages are likely to end in divorce, there is little scientific evidence to validate that. The focus of most studies has been on negative outcomes of these marriages however little concrete evidence has been found to condemn all teen marriages as doomed. This study is a qualitative look at how six couples that married as teenagers have created successful and long lasting unions. Six white couples from the Eastern U.S. participated in 60 to 90 minute long interviews. Using a qualitative method and a phenomenological perspective this study describes the processes these couples believe are most important to their success. The couples provided their personal experiences as well as their unique perspectives on the ingredients necessary for marital success. Five major themes emerged from the couples' interviews including commitment, communication, shared values, spirituality, intimacy, and family. These five themes are common within the literature on strong marriages. In addition to these themes, the role of couple individuality and the process of growing together are discussed.en_US
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dc.publisherVirginia Techen_US
dc.relation.haspartBoykinThesis01.pdfen_US
dc.rightsI hereby certify that, if appropriate, I have obtained and attached hereto a written permission statement from the owner(s) of each third party copyrighted matter to be included in my thesis, dissertation, or project report, allowing distribution as specified below. I certify that the version I submitted is the same as that approved by my advisory committee. I hereby grant to Virginia Tech or its agents the non-exclusive license to archive and make accessible, under the conditions specified below, my thesis, dissertation, or project report in whole or in part in all forms of media, now or hereafter known. I retain all other ownership rights to the copyright of the thesis, dissertation or project report. I also retain the right to use in future works (such as articles or books) all or part of this thesis, dissertation, or project report.en_US
dc.subjectmarital qualityen_US
dc.subjectcouplesen_US
dc.subjectadolescent couplesen_US
dc.subjectteenagersen_US
dc.subjectmarriageen_US
dc.subjectqualitative researchen_US
dc.subjectyoung marriageen_US
dc.titleSuccessful Teenage Marriages: A Qualitative Study of How Some Couples Have Made It Worken_US
dc.typeThesisen_US
dc.contributor.departmentMarriage and Family Therapyen_US
dc.description.degreeMaster of Scienceen_US
thesis.degree.nameMaster of Scienceen_US
thesis.degree.levelmastersen_US
thesis.degree.grantorVirginia Polytechnic Institute and State Universityen_US
thesis.degree.disciplineMarriage and Family Therapyen_US
dc.contributor.committeechairStith, Sandra M.en_US
dc.contributor.committeememberRosen, Karen H.en_US
dc.contributor.committeememberMcCollum, Eric E.en_US
dc.contributor.committeememberHuebner, Angela J.en_US
dc.identifier.sourceurlhttp://scholar.lib.vt.edu/theses/available/etd-09212004-011204en_US
dc.date.sdate2004-09-21en_US
dc.date.rdate2004-10-05
dc.date.adate2004-10-05en_US


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