Article Title: Marital Satisfaction in different types of Marriage

Author(s): Nadia Arif and Iram Fatima

Institute(s): Institute of Applied Psychology, University of the Punjab, Lahore

Journal: Pakistan Journal of Social and Clinical Psychology, 2015, Vol. 13, No.1, 36-40

Correspondence Address: Nadia Arif, Institute of Applied Psychology, University of the Punjab, Lahore, Pakistan; e-mail: nadiaijaz.bhatti@gmail.com & Iram Fatima, Assistant Professor, Institute of Applied Psychology, University of the Punjab, Lahore, Pakistan; e-mail: iramraheel70@gmail.com,

Abstract

A cross sectional study was conducted to compare marital satisfaction of men and women in different types of marriage. From each couple, data were taken from one individual only. The sample consisted of 75 married individuals with 25 participants (13 men and 12 women) from each marriage type, i.e. arranged marriage, marriage of choice with parental acceptance, and marriage of choice without parental acceptance, with the age range of 21 to 40 years. Purposive sampling technique was used. Kansas Marital Satisfaction Scale (Schumm, et al., 1986) and Experiences in Close Relationships-Revised Questionnaire (ECR-R; Fraley, Waller, & Brennan, 2000) were used to assess marital satisfaction and attachment styles respectively. Results from 2-way ANCOVA showed that both men and women were more maritally satisfied in arranged marriage and marriage of choice with parental acceptance than individuals in marriage by choice without parental acceptance after controlling for their attachment styles The findings are helpful in understanding the dynamics of marital satisfaction in Pakistani culture and for pre marital counseling.

Key words: self-compassion, marital satisfaction, arranged marriage, marriage of choice,

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