School of Behavioral Sciences
Doctor of Education in Community Care and Counseling (EdD)
Military Wives, Service Members, Life Satisfaction, Social Support, Graduate School, Military Life
Counseling | Social and Behavioral Sciences
Blyden, Marlene, "An Exploration into the Impacts of Life Satisfaction and Social Support on Military Wives' Successful Performance while Enrolled in Graduate School" (2021). Doctoral Dissertations and Projects. 2832.
The military population is a unique segment of American society. Military members have specific obligations to their unit and fulfilling the mission. Even though military spouses do not wear the United States Armed Forces uniform, they play an integral direct, and supportive role in their partners’ lives. Military wives experience personal and professional challenges that influence their success in a graduate program. The purpose of this archival study is to examine the association between the independent variables, life satisfaction, and social support and the dependent variable, military wives’ successful performance while enrolled in graduate school. Life satisfaction is measured with the Satisfaction with Life Scale (SWLS); social support is evaluated with Military Spouse Deployment Survey, and religiosity is assessed by the Religious Commitment Scale-10 (RCI-10). Graduate school success is assessed by Grade Point Average (GPA). The theoretical framework for this study is the bottom-up life satisfaction theory. The current study used archival records comprising of 812 graduate students from one large Southeastern U.S. university. This study's three research questions are: What is the association between life satisfaction and military wives’ successful performance while enrolled in graduate school? What is the relationship between social support and military wives’ successful performance while enrolled in graduate school? Is the relationship between the independent factors of life satisfaction and social support and the dependent variable successful performance while enrolled in graduate school moderated by religiosity?