Self-schemas and Marital Schemas in relation to Marital Satisfaction among Depressed Women

Author: Anum Younas

Supervisor: Saima Dawood, PhD

Degree: MS

Year: 2011-2013

University: Centre for Clinical Psychology, Punjab University, Lahore, Pakistan


The study intended to find the relationship among self-schemas, marital schemas and marital satisfaction among depressed women and also explored the predictors of marital satisfaction. Ex post-facto research design was used and a sample of 84 depressed married women was gathered through purposive sampling from different teaching hospitals. The research instruments used in the study were Symptom Checklist- Revised (SCL-R, Depression subscale); Evaluative Belief Scale (EBS); Relationship Belief Inventory (RBI) and Marital Adjustment Scale (MAS). Data analyses were done by using Pearson Product Moment Correlation Coefficient and Hierarchical Multiple Regression. Findings of the study showed that women believing that others evaluate them in negative way experience less mutual understanding, martial satisfaction and poor relationship with her in-laws. Moreover, women evaluating themselves negatively also experience less marital satisfaction. Besides, women holding dysfunctional marital schemas: Disagreement is destructive and partners cannot change have low level of mutual understanding and marital satisfaction and poor relationship with her in-laws. Significant predictors of marital satisfaction were home environment, choice of marriage, disagreement is destructive and partners cannot change.

Keywords: Self-schemas, Marital Schemas, Marital Satisfaction, Depression.

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