Journal of Counselor Preparation and Supervision

Document Type



Counselor Education, married doctoral students, male students

Subject Area

Counseling, Counselor Education, Mental Health Counseling


This phenomenological study explored the effect of marriage on the lived experience of four male doctoral students in a counselor education program. Because males are a minority in the mental health professions, researchers often focus on the female perspective when studying graduate students’ experiences. Findings of the current study suggest that received support in multiple forms (e.g., emotional, financial, academic, and logistical) is the most salient benefit of marriage for the participants in this study, while time and role management pose significant challenges. Male students attempt to balance academic responsibilities with household duties, but still feel pressure to provide for their families. Implications and recommendations for prospective and current doctoral students, as well as counselor educators, are included.



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