Intimacy, Trust, and Spousal Relationship in Older Adults

Author: Nadia Shafique

Supervisor: Ms. Shahnila Tariq

Degree: M.PHIL

Year: 2010-2012

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


The aim of study was to investigate the relationship between intimacy, trust and spousal relationship in older adults. It was hypothesized that there is likely to be a significant relationship between spousal relationship, intimacy, and trust. Sample was drawn by using non-probability sampling strategy. The sample comprised of 50 couples (50 husbands and 50 wives) living together, age range was 40 to onwards and with minimum duration of marriage, 15 years. Quantitative data was collected with the help of three scales; Relationship Assessment Scale by Hendrick (1988), Trust Scale by Remple, Holmes, and Zanna (1986) and Intimacy Scale of Walker and Thompson (1983). Results revealed that trust is significantly correlated with spousal relationship. Results were discussed with reference to researches from the west. The findings of the present research can be helpful in building the trust and developing intimacy among older adults. The current research will prove to be effective for those who are interested in investigating the relationship of trust, intimacy and spousal relationship among older adults.

Keywords: intimacy, trust, spousal relationship, older adults.

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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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