Electronic Theses and Dissertations



Document Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy


Counselor Education and Supervision

Committee Chair

Frances Ellmo

Committee Member

Melanie A Burgess

Committee Member

Patrick D Murphy

Committee Member

Leigh F Holman


The United States incarcerates more individuals than any other country in the world (The Sentencing Project, 2023). Because of this, it is imperative that counseling professionals understand the lived experiences of those impacted by incarceration. Though research exists focusing on the effects of incarceration on children and families, there is still only a small body of research dedicated to understanding how incarceration impacts significant partners of the incarcerated. This study examined the lived experiences of eight significant partners of the incarcerated (SPIs) to better understand the ways in which incarceration impacted their romantic relationship satisfaction. Through the use of Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis (IPA) techniques and the lens of Social Constructivism, five main themes emerged. These findings add to the field of counseling, including currently practicing counselors, future counselors, counselor educators, and counselor training programs.


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Library Comment

Dissertation or thesis originally submitted to ProQuest.


Open Access