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Master of Science (MS)


Family, Consumer, and Human Development


Linda Skogrand


Dual-earner couples raising children face stress that can interfere with marital happiness. Some of these couples seek help from marriage and family therapists, but many therapists claim they are not well trained in the issues facing these couples. In order to determine what might help therapists. researchers in the past have traveled two scholarly paths: (a) studying dual-income couples who still have children at home and are dealing with the stressors of this lifestyle with varying degrees of success, and (b) asking long-term, happily married couples what helped them stay together successfully. This study combined both approaches. Dual-earner couples whose chi ldren were grown and who identified themselves as having great marriages refl ected on strategies that helped them develop and maintain successful and satisfying marriages. Implications for marital therapy are discussed.