Factors that affect marital satisfaction of couples is an area worthy of research in all societies. However, very little research has been done on this important topic in Pakistan. The aim of the present study is to find out factors predicting marital satisfaction and gender difference on marital satisfaction in Pakistan. Based on literature review it was hypothesized that there would be a gender difference on the variable of marital satisfaction. The sample of this study consisted of 300 (300 males and 300 females) couples. The Marital Satisfaction Scale (MSS; Ayub, N., 2010) was administered to measure marital satisfaction of married couples. Results of the study suggest that overall factors which contribute to marital satisfaction are communication, education of partner, sexual satisfaction, dual earning, understanding, in-laws relationship, and compromise. A gender difference is found between male and female in predicting marital satisfaction. Male respondents suggest education of partner, dual earning, understanding, self-perception, compromise, in-laws relationship, and sexual satisfaction as dominant factors for marital satisfaction for them. Female respondents regarded communication, dual earning, understanding, in-laws relationship, and compromise as major contributors to their overall marital satisfaction.
|Keywords:||Marital Satisfaction, Gender Difference, Factors|
Assistant Professor, Department of Business Psychology, Institute of Business Management, Karachi, Sind, Pakistan
Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology, Federal Urdu University for Arts, Science and Technology, Karachi, Pakistan
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