Date Awarded

2019

Document Type

Dissertation

Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)

Department

Education

Advisor

Charles F Gressard

Committee Member

Tracy Cross

Committee Member

Charles R McAdams

Abstract

The purpose of the phenomenological study was to explore the experiences of male sober partners who are in romantic relationships with women who struggle with addiction. The theoretical framework of the study was social constructivism given the impact of social gender roles on experiences. Five male sober partners were identified as meeting the criteria for the study. Data collection consisted of a semi-structured interview. The interview entailed demographic and open-ended questions that highlighted the participants’ experiences. The primary questions of the study were: What does it mean to be a sober male who is in a relationship with a woman who struggles with addiction? How do the experiences of male sober partners differ from female sober partners? The following themes evolved from the study: relationship vulnerability; course of relationship; others; need for recovery. Implications and potential limitations of the study as well as suggestions for future research are also presented.

DOI

http://dx.doi.org/10.25774/w4-mg7m-2465

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