Original Articles

Marital Expectations and Marital Satisfaction Between African Immigrant and United States Born Married Couples

Published in: Journal of Psychology in Africa
Volume 23, issue 2, 2013 , pages: 317–321
DOI: 10.1080/14330237.2013.10820629
Author(s): Evadne E. NgazimbiCentral Connecticut State University,, Andrew P. DaireUniversity of Central Florida,, Damaris SotoUniversity of Central Florida,, Ryan G. CarlsonUniversity of Central Florida,, Matthew D. MunyonUniversity of Central Florida,

Abstract

This study examined the relationship between marital expectations and marital satisfaction among U.S. born (n=157; females=51.6%) and immigrant African couples (n=43; females=44.6%) who were faith community members. The participants completed the Relationship Assessment Scale (RAS; Hendrick, 1988), Relationship Pleasure Scale (RPS; PAIRS Foundation, 1993) and the Ngazimbi-Daire Marital Expectations Questionnaire (MEQ), developed by the authors to measure marital expectations. Regression analysis results revealed a significant relationship between marital expectations and marital satisfaction for the African immigrant participants, but not among the United States born married participants.

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