Title

Antecedents and Consequences of Marital Satisfaction in an Emirati Sample: A Structural Equation Model Analysis

Document Type

Article

Source of Publication

Marriage and Family Review

Publication Date

5-19-2017

Abstract

© 2017 Taylor & Francis. This study surveyed 1,000 married Emirati men and women to explore a model of marital satisfaction in relation to self-esteem, satisfaction with life, gender-role attitudes, and general health (physical and psychological). The Emirati Marital Satisfaction Scale (EMSS), State Self-Esteem Scale (SSES), Satisfaction With Life Scale (SWLS), the Arabic General Health Questionnaire, and the Sex-Role Egalitarianism Scale were used. Confirmatory factor analysis (CFA) on the EMSS indicated a moderate fit of the data to one factor structure. CFA on SSES and SWLS indicated an adequate fit of the data to the four-factor solution and one factor, respectively. The structural equation model for the EMSS showed that both general health and gender-role attitudes predict marital satisfaction and that marital satisfaction seems to predict the individual’s well-being as measured by life satisfaction and self-esteem. These results are discussed within the context of the United Arab Emirates culture and directions for future research are provided.

ISSN

0149-4929

Publisher

Routledge

Volume

53

Issue

4

First Page

365

Last Page

387

Disciplines

Social and Behavioral Sciences

Keywords

gender role attitudes, general health questionnaire, marital satisfaction in UAE, SLWS, state self-esteem

Scopus ID

84973658774

Indexed in Scopus

yes

Open Access

no

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