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Spousal assessment of marital satisfaction on multiphasic internal aspects of the marital relationship

by Strackbein, Steven W.

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Strackbein Steven W. (Last Name) (First) (Initial) Spousal Assessment of Marital Satisfaction on Multiphasic Internal Aspects of the Marital Relationship Guidance & Counseling Dr. John Williams May, 2001 76 (Graduate Major) (Research Advisor) (Date) (Pages) American Psychological Association (APA) (Name of Style Manual Used in this Study) The purpose of this study was to identify aspects of a marital relationship as they effect marital satisfaction. Eight aspects were identified in the literature as contributing to marital satisfaction. Three of these eight were used in this study and in the design of the survey instrument entitled the Multiphasic Assessment of Spousal Satisfaction (MASS). The questionnaire was developed to collect information regarding couples’ attitudes toward the three variables under study and measures of how satisfied each individual was in his/her marital relationship. The MASS instrument was distributed by a systematic random sampling method utilizing a mail out pencil and paper type test. Further subjects were selected using both snowball sampling and nonrandom sampling techniques. Forty-one subjects were obtained using these three sampling techniques. Data were computer analyzed with statistical procedures including Pearson iii correlations, Levene’s test for equality of variances, t-tests for equality of means, and descriptive statistics. The study was designed to assess couples’ overall marital satisfaction on the particular variables of friendship, level of involvement, and sexual fulfillment. The results indicated that couples were most satisfied with their marriage when there were more feelings of attachment than independence between the couple and a greater sense of friendship between each individual within the couple. Friendship also had a positive relationship to the level of sexual fulfillment each individual had within the couple. The results were also analyzed to assess the influence of gender, age, number of years married, employment status, and education level on marital satisfaction and on each of the six derived scales. The results indicate that an individual’s education level seems to influence how willing one is to compromise with one’s partner. All other demographic information showed no other differences between groups. The results of this study will help to further the scientific understanding of the successful marriage and the aspects that are included within the marital relationship. In addition, this knowledge may aid in a re-education of future generations as to what individuals can expect within a working marriage. Further research should be undertaken in order to determine the significance of the other five variables suggested within this study, as they pertain to marital satisfaction. iv
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School:Centro Universitário do Planalto de Araxá

School Location:Brazil

Source Type:Master's Thesis

Keywords:marriage counseling

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