Master's Theses



Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)


This study examined the relationship among marital satisfaction, perceived, work roles of wives and presence or absence of a child (or children) in the home Participants included 450 married females recruited through use of networking and acquaintances, from nine states throughout the United States as well as some participants from psychology courses at Fort Hays State University. The first four hypotheses resulted in non-significant findings. The results suggest that wives' marital satisfaction does not decrease once a child is present in the home. Work role was also found not to effect marital satisfaction levels. Of particular interest to the present study was that those in ambivalent work roles did report lower marital satisfaction compared to the other work roles. The results of the present study also imply that there is not a significant difference in level of marital satisfaction once the children are out of the home for any of the different work roles. However the fifth hypothesis found significant results. Wives who indicate that their work role situation is what they prefer were found to have higher levels of marital satisfaction regardless of their category of work role. This finding suggests that marital satisfaction is indirectly related to how wives perceive their work role. Presence or non-presence of children and type of work role, however, were not found 10 relate to the level of marital satisfaction experienced by participants of the present research.


Carol L. Patrick

Date of Award

Spring 1999

Document Type

Thesis - campus only access


© 1999 Jody A. Owens


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