School of Behavioral Sciences
Doctor of Education in Community Care and Counseling (EdD)
Infidelity, Faith, Reconstruct, Spirituality, Prayer, Forgiveness
Christianity | Counseling | Religion
Youngblood, Kimberly J., "Surviving The Affair: A Qualitative Phenomenological Case Study Of The Strategies Couples Utilize To Repair Their Marriage Successfully After The Occurrence Of Infidelity" (2022). Doctoral Dissertations and Projects. 3637.
This research explores couples' strategies in reconstructing their marriage after infidelity, thereby avoiding divorce. The research questions provide a clear focus on the discovery process through a phenomenological design and the use of semi-structured interviews. The literature review illustrates the history of marriage, fidelity, infidelity, predictors, general reasons for infidelity, the impact on the marriage, and tools utilized by couples who successfully repair their marriage after infidelity. The methods section provides a framework for implementing the study and includes details about the process of recruiting participants, interviewing participants, transcript review, codes, and theme development. The presentation of the findings illuminates the themes that cultivate a deeper understanding of the phenomenon through the lens of the clinicians and married participants. Implications for further study, limitations, and implications are described in the conclusions.