Marital Satisfaction in Relation to the Types of Marriage

Author: Nadia Arif 

Supervisor: Dr. Iram Fatima

Degree: M.Phil 

Year: 2012

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


The present research was aimed to explore the marital satisfaction in relation to the different types of marriage. The current research was comprised of three studies. In study I, common marriage types in Pakistani culture were explored. Sample was consisted of 20 married individuals with the age range of 20 to 30 years old (male; M = 25, SD = 2.74 and female; M = 22, SD = 2.79). Results of semi structured interview indicated three types of marriages i.e. arranged marriage, marriage of choice with parental acceptance and marriage of choice without parental acceptance. In study II, perception of married and unmarried men and women about the marital satisfaction of other individuals in different types of marriage found in study I were assessed. Results from 2-way MANOVA showed that married individual’s perception about marital satisfaction in different marriage types was in accordance with their own marriage type. Moreover, unmarried individuals perceived higher marital satisfaction in marriage of choice with parental acceptance as compared to the other groups. Study III was aimed to assess marital satisfaction of individuals in their own marriage. Results from 2-way ANCOVA showed that marital satisfaction of individuals in marriage of choice with parental acceptance was higher as compared to individuals in arranged and marriage of choice without parental acceptance after controlling for attachment style. The findings are helpful in understanding the dynamics of marital satisfaction in Pakistani culture and for pre marital counseling.

Keywords: marital satisfaction, types of marriage, attachment style.

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