Date of Award
Master of Science in Clinical Psychology (MSCP)
The purpose of this study was to determine whether there is a relationship between marital satisfaction (as measured by the Dyadic Adjustment Scale; Spanier, 1976) and the independent variables of age, education level, and courtship length (parsed into pre- and post-engagement periods). Respondents (N = 60) were required to complete surveys online regarding their experiences in their marriages. Results indicate that there was not a statistically significant relationship between marital satisfaction, age, education level, and courtship length. However, there was a negative correlation between post-engagement courtship and dyadic adjustment, indicating that, as length of engagement increases, marital adjustment decreases. Future research is needed to explore the nature of this relationship.
Alder, Emily S. (2010). Age, Education Level, and Length of Courtship in Relation to Marital Satisfaction (Master's thesis, Pacific University). Retrieved from: