Abstract

The purpose of this study was to explore factors associated with marital satisfaction and attitudes toward seeking couples counseling among affluent Egyptian couples. A total of 411 married participants answered an online survey. This study demonstrated that the most common conflicts among participants were time spent together and lack of communication. Moreover, the study results showed that higher agreement among couples was related to higher marital quality. As a result of knowing that Egypt is considered a religious culture, this study examined the relationship between religious marriage and marital satisfaction, which was found to be a positive relationship. With regards to factors that would predict higher marital quality level, none of the socio-demographic and marital factors were significant. This study also explored factors associated with more positive attitudes toward seeking couples counseling among affluent Egyptian couples. Females were found to be three points higher on the attitudes towards seeking couples counseling scale than males. Also, participants with Master’s degrees showed significant positive attitudes toward seeking couples counseling. For the barriers, “not knowing a good mental health practitioner” was found to be the most frequently selected barrier among participants. Findings of this study may help in designing better couples counseling services for Egyptian couples.

Degree Name

MA in Counselling Psychology

Date of Award

6-1-2013

Online Submission Date

May 2013

First Advisor

Amer, Mona

Committee Member 1

Moore, Steve

Committee Member 2

Saleh, Yasmine

Document Type

Thesis

Extent

120 p.

Library of Congress Subject Heading 1

Marital conflict.

Library of Congress Subject Heading 2

Marriage.

Rights

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IRB

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Comments

I am grateful to everyone who helped me achieve the first step of my dream of becoming a couples’ counselor. I would first like to express my deepest appreciation and sincere thanks to my committee chair, Professor Mo Amer, who has given much time, effort, and knowledge to help me in developing this dissertation to a professiol level. Honestly, without her guidance, persistent help, constructive comments, and her enthusiasm for teaching me, this dissertation would not have been possible. I would also like to express my gratitude to Dr. Steve Moore for his belief in me, his wisdom and his ongoing encouragement since he first knew me. My sincere thanks go to Dr. Yasmine Saleh for her motivatiol comments, continuous assistance, and above all her caring attitude that was very helpful in reducing my stress level at many times.

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