Master's Theses

Date of Award

Spring 1985

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)

Department

Social Work

Advisor

Bill Daley

Abstract

The purpose of the researcher was to investigate the relationship between touching behaviors, self-concept, and the marital relationship. The subjects were 97 Fort Hays State University students. The total sample consisted of 32 males and 65 females. Dependent Variables were scores of five components (Idealistic Distortion, Marital Satisfaction, Communication, Leisure Activities, and Sexual Satisfaction) from Enrich, scores from the Coopersmith Self-Esteem Inventory, Touching Behaviors in the Marital Relationship scores and Touching Behaviors in Childhood scores. Independent variable were Touching Behaviors in the Marital Relationship scores and Touching Behaviors in Childhood scores, gender, years married, and children in the home. Nine null hypotheses were tested at the .05 level. Seven null hypotheses were tested under single arrangements and two were tested under five different arrangements. Of the nine null hypotheses tested, four were rejected and five were not. The results of this study indicated those subjects who reported the least amount of touching behaviors in childhood also reported the lowest mean amount of touching behaviors in their marital relationship. The study also indicated that touching behaviors in childhood had an effect upon reported marital satisfaction. The study also indicated that touching behaviors in the marital relationship had an effect upon the quality of the marital relationship. It was indicated that those who had reported no children living in the home reported more touching behaviors in the marital relationship indicated that those who reported having no children in the home also reported to have higher amounts of touching behaviors in the marital relationship.

Rights

Copyright 1985 Debra J. Castillo

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