"My life is too chaotic to practice what i preach": perceived benefits and challenges of being an academic women in family therapy and family studies programs

Hertlein, K. M., et al. (2018). ""My life is too chaotic to practice what i preach": perceived benefits and challenges of being an academic women in family therapy and family studies programs." Contemporary Family Therapy 40(1): 42-55.

The purpose of this study was to explore the experience of female faculty in family therapy and family studies graduate programs. Specifically, we were interested in how female faculty members in these programs experienced their roles as academics, partners, and/or parents. We conducted a discovery-oriented study qualitative study of 62 female academics in family studies and family therapy disciplines to identify the greatest concerns and benefits experienced by women in a family-studies-oriented academic field. Using a content analysis, we found that women in family studies/family therapy academic programs experience both high rewards and high demands and struggle with choosing among competing values. Additionally, the participants perceived support from colleagues, professional institutions, and family members as crucial to a female academic's ability to perform up to expectations. We also offer suggestions for further research.

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