Title page for ETD etd-06152006-144330

Type of Document Master's Thesis
Author Dees, J.E.M.E.G. Vann
Author's Email Address jdees@vt.edu
URN etd-06152006-144330
Title No longer a myth: A study of the happy and healthy marriages of African American male professional athletes
Degree Master of Science
Department Human Development
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Stith, Sandra M. Committee Chair
Huebner, Angela J. Committee Member
McCollum, Eric E. Committee Member
  • communication
  • professional athletes
  • strong marriage
Date of Defense 2006-06-05
Availability unrestricted
The marriages of professional athletes have been examined for years, but the positive factors in those marriages have rarely been examined. This study focuses on the factors that contribute to the strength and happiness in the marriages of professional athletes. Five professional athletes and their wives were interviewed in effort to determine the factors that contributed to the strength of their marriages. Open communication, shared values, religion/faith, and trust were consistently found to be important components contributing to the strength of these marriages. This study adds to the limited literature available discussing the positive aspects of professional athlete marriagess
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