Thesis Title: Perceived Parental Authority, Siblings’ Interpersonal Relationships and Quality of Marital Life in Women

Student Name: Asia Khaliq

Supervisor: Rafia Rafique, PhD

Degree: MSc

Year: 2016-2018


The research was conducted to investigate whether perceived parental authority predicted quality of marital life in women. Another objective of the study was to find out whether siblings’ interpersonal relationship mediated quality of marital life in women. The sample was drawn through convenient sampling technique. The sample comprised of N = 148 married women with age ranges of 25 to 60 years from cities of Lahore and Sheikhupura. Marital quality was assessed using the Dyadic Adjustment Scale (DAS; Spanier, 1976), Adult Sibling Familial Relationship Scale (Matyja, 2015) was used to assess the attitude of the respondent toward their siblings in the period of adulthood. Parental Authority Questionnaire (PAQ; Buri, 1991), was used in this research to assess perceived parental authority. Correlation analysis showed that there was positive relationship between fathers’ parental authority, fathers’ permissive parental authority, fathers’ authoritative parental authority and marital quality. Moreover, the findings also showed negative correlation between siblings’ interpersonal relationships and marital quality. Fathers’ authoritative parental authority and siblings’ interpersonal relationships were predictors of marital quality. Mediation analysis using the hierarchical multiple regression also indicated that siblings’ interpersonal relationships mediated the relationship between perceived parental authority and marital quality (In case of both fathers’ and mothers’ parental authority). Research findings had implications that positive perceived parental authority promotes positive outcomes in between siblings’ interpersonal relationships and that is likely to increase quality of marital life in women.

Keywords: Perceived parental authority, siblings’ interpersonal relationships, quality of marital life.



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