Overall Level of Marital Satisfaction in Christian Individuals Based on Marital Setting and Ethnicity
School of Behavioral Sciences
Doctor of Education in Community Care and Counseling (EdD)
William D. Bird
Attachment, Christian Couples, Ethnicity, Marital Satisfaction, Relationship Education Programs
Counseling | Social and Behavioral Sciences
Acosta, Rafael DeJesus, "Overall Level of Marital Satisfaction in Christian Individuals Based on Marital Setting and Ethnicity" (2020). Doctoral Dissertations and Projects. 2755.
Research on marital satisfaction has been limited to Caucasian couples in a middle and upper socioeconomic status. Because values differ throughout ethnicities, and religious commitment rather than personal satisfaction contributes to higher levels of marital satisfaction, understanding these values and differences may help developers in the field of couple relationship education programs strengthen their approach to helping Christian couples develop skills that contribute to marital satisfaction. The purpose of this research is to examine if marital setting, ethnicity and Couple Relationship Education (CRE) and Marriage Relationship Education (MRE) affect marital satisfaction in Christian couples. The participants in this study will involve 65 Christian individuals married for at least five years who reside in a culturally diverse urban setting in South Florida. This research will include a self-report survey, The Index of Marital Satisfaction (IMS), Locke-Wallace Marital Adjustment Test (LWMAT) and the Marital Instability Index (MII).