Differences in Marital Forgiveness and Satisfaction in Men and Women

Author: Nabila Kausar

Supervisor: Faiz Younas

Degree: MSc

Year: 2011-2013

University: Institute of Applied Psychology, Punjab University, Lahore, Pakistan


The purpose of this research was to find out relationship between marital forgiveness and satisfaction among married men and women. It was hypothesized that there was a positive relationship and significant gender differences between marital forgiveness and satisfaction. In a correlational research design, a sample of (N = 80) including (n = 40 men) (n = 40 women) were recruited through convenient sampling. The Marital Offence Specific Forgiveness Scale (MOFS) and Enrich Marital Satisfaction (EMS) Scale were used to collect data. Pearson Product- Moment Correlation and the independent sample t-test were used to generate results which showed a positive relationship and no gender difference between marital forgiveness and marital satisfaction. Thus, it was concluded that partners whom forgive each other, restore their marital relationship and gain satisfaction over the life span. Implication of the study was that it would be beneficial for married people to improve their marital lives in a positive mode.

Keywords: Gender Differences, Marital Forgiveness, Satisfaction.

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

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