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ERIC Number: ED513030
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 112
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISBN: ISBN-978-1-1092-8047-0
Effects of Career and Marriage on Newlywed Individuals' Marital and Career Satisfaction
McGinley, Donna M.
ProQuest LLC, Ph.D. Dissertation, University of Florida
Newlywed couples face many challenges in the early years of marriage that can affect their satisfaction with the marital relationship. Research has identified the balance of career and marriage as one of the prominent stressors in newlywed couples lives. However, studies have not explored what is problematic about balancing career and marriage. Since past research has found the first years of marriage to be predictors of marital stability and longevity, research attention needs to be given to exploring the career-marriage interface. The purpose of this study was to examine the challenges and benefits of a dual-career lifestyle on newlywed individuals' marital and career satisfaction. This study's sample consisted of 122 newlywed individuals that were part of a dual-career relationship. Of the participants, 79.5% were female, 86.1% were Caucasian, and 85.2% had obtained at least a bachelor's degree. Participants ranged in age from 20 45 with an average length of marriage of 26.93 months. The data were analyzed by means of Pearson correlations and multiple regression analyses. In the first analysis, career-marriage challenges and marriage-career spillover were found to be significant predictors of marital satisfaction. In the second analysis only career-marriage benefits was found to be a significant predictor of career satisfaction. Surprisingly, career and marital satisfaction were not significantly correlated. In addition, no gender differences were found on the variables measured. The study's limitations, areas for future research, and implications for theory and practice were discussed. Future studies may benefit from obtaining a more gendered representative sample. Similarly, researchers may seek to recruit participants with diverse ethnic backgrounds and professional fields. [The dissertation citations contained here are published with the permission of ProQuest LLC. Further reproduction is prohibited without permission. Copies of dissertations may be obtained by Telephone (800) 1-800-521-0600. Web page:]
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Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations
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Language: English
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