Relational Identity Orientation, Trust and Marital Satisfaction in Professional Women

Author: Salma Nasreen 

Supervisor: Dr. Iram Fatima

Degree: Msc

Year: (2009 – 2011)

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


The objective of the study was to find the relationship of relational identity orientation with trust and marital satisfaction of professional women. It was hypothesized that relational identity orientation and trust were positively related with marital satisfaction. A sample of 102 female professionals was taken from two cities of the Sahiwal division i.e. Okara and Pakpattan. The relational identity was assessed with Aspects of Identity Questionnaire (AIQ-IV) (Cheek, Smith & Troop, 2002). Trust was assessed by using Trust Scale (Trust within close interpersonal relationships) (Rempel, Holmes & Zana, 1985) and marital satisfaction was assessed with ENRICH Marital Satisfaction Scale (EMS) (Fowers & Oloson, 1993). Significant positive relationship between trust and marital satisfaction as well as between relational identity orientation and marital satisfaction was observed. However, trust was found to be better predictor of marital satisfaction than relational identity.

Keywords: relational identity orientation, trust, marital satisfaction, professional women.

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