Program and trainee lifestyle stress: A survey of AAMFT Student Members


By bhadmin February 2, 2021

Student members of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (n = 900) were randomly selected and surveyed regarding perceptions of certain MFT training program and graduate student lifestyle stressors. Teh return rate was 329 (37%) of the 900 students surveyed. The sample was 70% female and 30% male. Sixty‐five percent of the sample were married. Sixty‐one percent were in master’s, 25% were in doctral, and 12% were in other postgraduate programs. Potential high stressors were the number of hours students worked to support themselves and the number of hours spouses or significant others worked. Twenty‐seven percent of students had considered dropping out due to program demands. Only 11.2% had actually done so. Nearly 11% reported current antidepressant use. Recommendations for further research directions on the topic of MFT trainee stress are provided.

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