Thesis Title: Psychological Distress and Marital Satisfaction among Wives whose Husbands Live Abroad

Author: Iram Shafiq Butt

Supervisor: Saira Batool & Rukhsana Kausar

Year: 2016

Degree: MSC

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

The present research was conducted to investigate the relationship between psychological distress and marital satisfaction among wives whose husbands live abroad. It was hypothesized that a) there will be a negative relationship between psychological distress and marital satisfaction among wives whose husbands live abroad; b) psychological distress is likely to predict marital satisfaction among wives whose husbands live abroad. A sample of 150 married wives (whose husbands are abroad) was selected from Lahore using snow ball sampling. The age range of the sample was 25- 40 years (M = 35.60, SD = 9.33). Kessler psychological distress scale (K-10) by Kessler (1992) and Couples satisfaction index (CSI) by Funk and Rogge (2007) were used for data collection. Pearson Product Moment Correlation analysis, Stepwise regression analysis, Independent sample t-test and one way ANOVA were used for data analysis. The findings revealed a significant negative relationship between psychological distress and marital satisfaction among wives whose husbands live abroad. The results also indicated that psychological distress significantly negatively predicted marital satisfaction among wives whose husbands live abroad. The study findings provided knowledge about the negative consequences of those marriages in which husbands live abroad without their wives.

Keywords:

Psychological distress, marital satisfaction.

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