Master's Theses

Date of Award

Summer 1998

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)

Department

Psychology

Advisor

Stephen Kitzis

Abstract

This study examined whether a person's perception of his or her wedding day was related to marital stability, and self-reported marital satisfaction. Participants were recruited in two different ways: (a) from psychology courses at Fort Hays State University, and (b) from the Hays community. A total of 110 participants were recruited (43 males and 67 females). Participants were divided into four groups: (a) persons married less than three years currently married, (b) persons married less than three years currently divorced, (c) persons married at least three years currently married, and (d) persons married at least three years currently divorced. Data were collected in individual and group settings. Participants read and completed an informed consent form, a Participant Data Form, and a Wedding Day Questionnaire designed for this study. Three different hypotheses were addressed in this study: (a) persons currently married would report that they felt an overall more positive perception of their wedding day than those divorced, (b) persons who reported an overall more positive perception of their wedding day will rate their marriage as more satisfying, and (c) persons married less than three years and currently divorced would report the most overall negative perception of their wedding day of all participants. Results supported all three hypotheses.

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Copyright 1998 Lisa K. Pierce

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