Stress and Marital Satisfaction among Working and Non Working Married Women

Author: Mubeen Matloob

Supervisor: Ms Rafia Rafiq

Degree: M.Sc

Year: 2006-2008

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


The present study aimed to explore difference in working and nonworking women in marital satisfaction and stress. It was hypothesized that marital satisfaction is higher in non working women as compared to working women and stress is higher in working women as compared to nonworking counterparts. Sample of the study consisted of 70 working and non-working married women (working married women N = 35, nonworking married women N = 35). Purposive sampling strategy was used for collecting the data. Urdu Translation of Blum and Mehrabian scale (1999) was used to measure marital satisfaction, it revealed reliability a=.68. A self constructed Stress Scale was used to measure stress its reliability was found to be a=.65. There was significant negative relationship between marital satisfaction and stress. Marital satisfaction was found to be higher in non-working women. Stress was found to be more in working married women.

Keywords: Stress, Marital Satisfaction, Working Married Women, Non Working Married Women

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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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