Thesis Title: Interpersonal Issues and Marital Satisfaction in Exchange and Non Exchange Married Women

Author: Amna Shafique

Supervisor: Naumana Amjad

Year: 2017

Degree: BS

Department: Institute of Applied Psychology

University: Punjab University, Lahore, Pakistan

Corresponding Address: Department of Applied Psychology, University of the Punjab, Lahore, Pakistan. Email: chairperson@appsy.pu.edu.pk, Phone: 92-42-9231245

Abstract

Marriage is an important part of one’s life as it effects social as well as emotional functioning of an individual. The present study aimed to investigate correlates and predictors of marital satisfaction in exchanged and non-exchanged married women. A sample of 100 married women (exchange married women = 50 and non-exchange married women= 50) with age range 20-45 (M = 30.5, SD = 6.35) living in different areas of Lahore, Pakistan were selected. The duration of marriage range from newly married up to 5 years. Interpersonal issues were assessed through Marital Discords Scale (Rafique & Amjad, 2014), Experiences with in-laws (Lashari, 2014) and Marital Happiness Scale (Hassan & Amjad, 2014) were used as assessment measures. Pearson Product Moment Correlation and Hierarchal regression analysis were used to find descriptive statistics of scales, correlates and predictors of marital satisfaction, respectively. Finding of study revealed that married women with high marital satisfaction had lower interpersonal issues in their marriage while women who had positive experience with in laws had greater marital satisfaction. Comparison of both exchanged marriages (M 2.7, SD = .59) and non-exchanged marriages (M = 3.3, SD = 1.01) showed differences in issues and marital satisfaction. Results also revealed that marital discord was a strong predictor of marital satisfaction but experience with in laws did not show strong prediction. The present study can be implied in providing useful guidance in marital counseling.

Keywords:

Marital satisfaction, interpersonal issues, exchange and non-exchange marriages, married women

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