Personal Values: A Perceptual Lens for Investigating Spousal Perception of Marital Conflict among Ghanaian Dual Career Couples
American Journal of Applied Psychology
Volume 2, Issue 6, November 2013, Pages: 68-74
Received: Oct. 18, 2013;
Published: Nov. 30, 2013
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Linda Adzo Elorm Tormeti, Registry, Accra Polytechnic, Accra, Ghana
Roseline Mercy Abotsi, School of Engineering, Accra Polytechnic, Accra, Ghana
Theoretical work on marital conflicts suggests that perception plays a crucial role in influencing spouses’ attitude towards marital conflict. However, relatively little research exists on psychological factors influencing spousal perception of marital conflicts. This study investigated spousal perception of marital conflict among Ghanaian dual career couples through the perceptual lens of personal values. Using dual career couples as the target population, 88 respondents answered questionnaire that consisted of the 21 Portrait Value Questionnaire designed to measure four value orientations, and the Spousal Perception of Marital Conflict Scale. Two hypotheses were formulated to test the relationships between the value orientations and spousal perception of marital conflict. Data was analyzed using hierarchical and standard multiple regression methods. Contrary to expectations, none of the hypothesis was supported. However, the study revealed that values such as openness to change, conservation and self-enhancement positively influenced spousal perception of marital conflict. These have implications for marital interactions and the development of interventions for couples dealing with marital conflicts.
Linda Adzo Elorm Tormeti,
Roseline Mercy Abotsi,
Personal Values: A Perceptual Lens for Investigating Spousal Perception of Marital Conflict among Ghanaian Dual Career Couples, American Journal of Applied Psychology.
Vol. 2, No. 6,
2013, pp. 68-74.
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