ASSESSMENT OF THE EFFECT OF RELATIONSHIP EDUCATION TRAINING ON MARITAL SATISFACTION AMONG YOUNG DUAL-CAREER COUPLES

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ASSESSMENT OF THE EFFECT OF RELATIONSHIP EDUCATION TRAINING ON MARITAL SATISFACTION AMONG YOUNG DUAL-CAREER COUPLES IN AHMADU BELLO UNIVERSITY, ZARIA- NIGERIA

 

ABSTRACT

 

The study assessed the Effect of Relationship Education Training on Marital Satisfaction among Young Dual-career Couples in Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria-Nigeria. Six (6) objectives guided the study. Six (6) research questions are answered. Six (6) hypotheses are tested. The population of this study was three hundred and seventy (370) that is one hundred and eighty five (185) dual –career couples of Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria.Seventy four (74) respondents(thirty seven (37) couples) with low marital satisfaction were purposively selected from the population. The Study adopted a Quasi-experimental design involving pre-test post-test design. All the Seventy four respondents were exposed to five weeks Relationship Education Training. ENRICH Marital Satisfaction Scale (EMS; Fowlers & Olson, 1993) was adapted and modified to suit the objectives of the study. The instrument was named Marital Satisfaction Enrichment Questionnaire tagged ―MSEQ‖ which was used as an instrument for data collection. The instrument had reliability coefficients of 0.89 indicating high reliability. Mean and the standard deviation were used to answer all the six research questions. Paired sample t-test was used to test all null hypotheses 1-5 while Analysis of Covariance (ANCOVA) was used to test hypothesis 6 at 0.05 level of significance. The findings of the study revealed that communication skill training had significant effect on marital satisfaction [t (73, 0.05) = 4.469, p = 0.001, p<0.05], sexual relationship skill training had significant effect on marital satisfaction [t (73, 0.05) =1.651, p = 0.042, p<0.05], financial management skill training had significant effect on marital satisfaction [t (73, 0.05) = 4.480, p = 0.001, p<0.05], conflict resolution skill training has no significant effect on marital satisfaction [t(73, 0.05) = 0.928, p = 0.375, p>0.05], parenting skill training has no significant effect on couples‘ parenting [t(73, 0.05) = 2.365, p = 0.075, p>0.05]. The result further reveals that significant effect difference exists among the components or indices of all the marital satisfaction [F (369, 4) = 52.77, p = 000 p<0.05] and that relationship education skills training had improved Young Dual-career couples‘ marital satisfaction. From the findings, it is recommended among others that Ahmadu Bello University authority should be encouraged to establish relationship training unit in the University Counselling Centre to train dual-career couples on skills that will enhance their marital relationship and satisfaction.

 

ASSESSMENT OF THE EFFECT OF RELATIONSHIP EDUCATION TRAINING ON MARITAL SATISFACTION AMONG YOUNG DUAL-CAREER COUPLES IN AHMADU BELLO UNIVERSITY, ZARIA- NIGERIA

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