Marital Relationship Satisfaction: Impacts of Children, Religion, Income Level, and Gender


To understand the effect of having children and length of marriage on relationship satisfaction, 4000 participants were analyzed from data supplied from the Relate Institute, which is dedicated to assessing marital satisfaction. Relationship satisfaction decreased at a slower rate after controlling for children. Children were found to have a significant effect (p<0.05) on all religious populations studied: The happiest marriages had no children, while the next happiest marriages had five or more children, and this was true for both males and females, but not true across different income levels. It was also found that Latter Day Saint (Mormon) and Protestant relationships had significantly higher relationship satisfaction than Catholics and those who reported no religion.

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Sukuan Chung, Brigham Young University Hawaii, USA
Jared Peterson, Brigham Young University Hawaii, USA
Kylie Arnold, Brigham Young University Hawaii, USA
Alyx Stuehler, Brigham Young University Hawaii, USA
Michelle Arellano, Brigham Young University Hawaii, USA
Ronald Miller, Brigham Young University Hawaii, USA
Dean Busby, Brigham Young University Provo Utah, USA

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Conference: ACP2016
Stream: General Psychology

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