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Dissertation

Stress and Marital Satisfaction in Active Duty Servicemembers: A Pilot Study

23 July 2010

Abstract

The present pilot study examined perceived stress and marital satisfaction within an active duty military population stationed overseas at an isolated base. Twenty-eight active duty USAF participants, equally female to male as well as officer to enlisted personnel, and overwhelmingly self-described as in a relationship, provided data for this project. All individuals voluntarily completed an online survey containing a demographic questionnaire, the Perceived Stress Scale (PSS-10), and the ENRICH Marital Satisfaction Scale (EMS). An adequate control group could not be ascertained, and neither could another military sample be recruited, thus the significance of the data is not known as it compares to other active duty or general populations. However, the data gathered indicated perceived stress and marital satisfaction are worthy of further investigation.


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