Ibadan Journal of the Social Sciences
Volume 17, No. 1, 2019
DOI: 10.36108/ijss/9102.71.0130

Family Relationship and Dual-earners as Correlates of Marital Satisfaction among Married Couples
Kingsley O. Nweke1, Adannia A. Dike-Aghanya2 and Tobias C. Enike3 

1,2,3,Department of Psychology, Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka, Nigeria

In this study, the relationship between family relationship and dual-earners as correlates of marital satisfaction was examined among married couples. The participants were 394 married couples who volunteered from one randomly selected church in Awka South Local Government Area of Anambra state. They are comprised of 130 males (32.9%) and 264 females (67%) with a mean age 43.94 years and standard deviation of 9.11 years. Two instruments were deployed for data collection; Index of Family Relation (IFR) by Hudson (1982) and Index of Marital Satisfaction (IMS) by Hudson (1982). Dual-earnership information was derived from the demographic section. The correlation design was adopted; and data analysis was done using Pearson Product Moment Correlation. Result of Zero Order Correlation Coefficient revealed that family relationship correlated positively and significantly with marital satisfaction r = .36, p <.01, while the association between dual-earners and marital satisfaction was negative r = -.02, P < .05. Therefore, hypothesis one was confirmed. It was concluded that family-relationship is a positive construct that enhances marital satisfaction. It was recommended that married couples should enrich their family relationship in order to achieve a more satisfactory marriage.

Keywords: Dual-earner, family relationship, marital satisfaction


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