Implicit Relationship Beliefs and Conflict Resolutions Styles Predicting Marital Satisfaction

Author: Alishba Hania

Supervisor: Naumana Amjad, Ph.D

Degree: MSc

Year: 2012-2014

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


The purpose of this study was to explore how implicit relationship beliefs
and conflict resolution styles influence marital satisfaction. The sample
comprised of 65 couples i.e. 130 individuals (husbands = 65, wives = 65).
Implicit relationship beliefs were measured through Implicit Theories of
Relationships Scale, conflict resolution styles through Thomas-Kilmann
Conflict Mode Instrument and marital satisfaction through Marital
Adjustment Test. Correlation analysis was carried out to find correlation
among study variables, Hierarchical regression was performed for
assessing predictors of marital satisfaction and path analysis was
performed through AMOS to validate the mediating relationship of
conflict resolution style and implicit beliefs in predicting marital
satisfaction. Results showed that among five conflict resolution styles only
accommodating and competing style was significantly correlated with
marital satisfaction. Regression analysis showed that among all
demographic factors, only type of marriage (arranged/ by own choice) and
duration of marriage significantly predicted marital satisfaction. While
data analysis a partially mediating path between implicit beliefs (destiny),
competing conflict resolution style and marital satisfaction. This approved
the hypothesis regarding presence of mediating relationship between
implicit beliefs and conflict styles in predicting marital satisfaction.
Results suggest that levels of marital satisfaction of Pakistani couples are
different from Western culture as revealed by past researches.

Keywords: Implicit Relationship Beliefs, Conflict Resolution Styles; Marital Satisfaction.

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Corresponding Address: Department of Applied Psychology, University of the Punjab, Lahore, Pakistan. Email:, Phone: 92-42-9231245

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