School of Behavioral Sciences


Doctor of Education in Community Care and Counseling (EdD)


Cynthia Doney


Intimacy, Friendship, Close-knit, Adult, Marriage, Same-sex




The purpose of this study is to contribute to the existing literature in the fields of Marital Intimacy and Healthy Friendships and adding empirical research about how the two constructs correlate. Currently, there is a gap in the literature regarding the effects of adult friendships on marital intimacy. Participants had to be in an ongoing heterosexual marriage for at least three years, be at least 18 years old and live within the United States in order to take an online survey that evaluated friendship levels and marital intimacy dynamics. Data was collected via the following instruments: Personal Assessment of Intimacy in Relationships (PAIR), Couple Satisfaction Index (CSI), Friendship Quality Scale (FQUA) and Intimate Friendship Scale (IFS). The first 200 respondents who complete the survey will have their responses analyzed. The analysis will include the participants’ intimacy level with their partner and level of friendship with individuals outside the marriage. The results of this analysis will be reported in this manuscript. A non-probability sampling method will be employed. An independent samples t-test and a moderated multiple regression analysis will be used to evaluate the non-probability sample, and the results will include the analysis of the reported scores from the above instruments.

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