Parental Stress and Marital Satisfaction in Couples

Author: Noor-ul-Ain

Supervisor: Ms. Shazia Irfan

Degree: MSc

Year: 2011-2013

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


The present research was conducted to study the relationship between parental stress and marital satisfaction in couples. Marital satisfaction in defined as complexity of a lot of factors such as conflict, shared activities believed to be associated with the happiness or success of a given marriage (Hoult, 1969). Parental stress can be resulted from many factors such as low confidence in parenting abilities, low perceived attachment with child, health problems, role restrictions, depression, anxiety, and spouse involvement (Abidin, 1999). There were mainly four hypotheses formulated to assess these variables, a) there is likely to be relationship between parental stress and marital satisfaction in couples, b) couples with one child are likely to be less parental stress than couples having three children, c) couples living in nuclear family system are likely to be more stressed than couples living in joint family system, d) couples with love marriages are likely to be more satisfied than couples with arranged marriages. Correlation research method was used to assess these variables. Sample consisted of 50 couples (25 with one child, 25 with three children). The data was collected from three different cities of Pakistan i.e. Faisalabad, Lahore and Sheikhpura. KANSAS Marital Satisfaction Scale was used to measure marital satisfaction of couples and Parental Stress Scale was used to measure parental stress.

Keywords: Parental Stress, Marital Satisfaction, Health Problem.

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