Author: Wafa Kamran
Supervisor: Farah Malik, PhD
University: Institute of Applied Psychology, Punjab University, Lahore, Pakistan
The current research investigated the relationship of attachment styles and emotional maturity with marital satisfaction in late marriage. It was hypothesized that emotional maturity would moderate the relationship between attachment style dimensions and marital satisfaction. Using snowball sampling technique 57 married men who got married at the age of 35 and above and 53 women who got married at the age of 31 and above with more than one year duration of marriage were included (N = 110). The sample included only one partner of each couple. Urdu versions of Revised Adult Attachment Scale (Collins & Read, 1990), Differentiation of Self Inventory-Revised (Skowron & Schmitt, 2003) and Revised Dyadic Adjustment Scale (Busby, Crane, Larson, & Christensen, 1995) were used. Reasons for late marriage were also explored. Pearson Product Moment correlation analysis revealed that anxious attachment was negatively correlated with both emotional maturity and marital satisfaction in men and women. Close attachment had no significant correlation with emotional maturity and marital satisfaction in men whereas it had a positive correlation with emotional maturity in women. Dependent attachment had a significant positive correlation with emotional maturity in men. Moderation through Hierarchical Regression for total sample revealed that emotional maturity did not moderate the relationship between attachment style dimensions and marital satisfaction but had significant main effect on marital satisfaction. However, moderating role of emotional maturity was found in relationship between close and dependent dimension and satisfaction component in men. Results of independent samples t-test revealed significant gender differences in marital satisfaction. No significant gender differences were found in attachment style dimensions and emotional maturity. The results of the study were discussed in Pakistani socio-cultural context.
Keywords: Attachment Styles, Emotional Maturity, Marital Satisfaction.
Visit University to get the full thesis.
Corresponding Address: Department of Applied Psychology, University of the Punjab, Lahore, Pakistan. Email: email@example.com, Phone: 92-42-9231245