The aim of the studies reported in this thesis was to investigate marital satisfaction in arranged marriages in Saudi Arabia, exploring whether the predictors of marital satisfaction that were found in the West were also predictors of marital satisfaction in Saudi Arabia. Additionally, the hypothesis that marital satisfaction and love increase with the duration of marriage among arranged marriages in Saudi Arabia was tested. In order to investigate marital satisfaction in this context, the VSA-Model from Karney and Bradbury (1995) was adopted to organize the variables that affect marital satisfaction into three groups. The first group, Enduring Vulnerability, included Relationship Questionnaire (RQ), Experience in Close Relationships-Revised (ECR-R), Inclusion of Others in the Self (IOS), Love, Sexual Satisfaction, and the Big Five scales. The second group, Stressful Events, included Attitude towards Family-in-Law, Stressful Events, and Arguments scales. The third group of predictors in the VSA Model was Adaptive Processes and consisted of the Conflict Behaviour Scale (CBS), Power, and Decision Making scales. The criterion validity was assessed using Relationship Assessment Scale and Satisfaction with Life Scale. Three studies were conducted and a total of 549 people (246 husbands, 303 wives) were recruited. Participants were chosen from private hospitals, shopping malls, banks, government schools, through friends, and from King Fahad Medical City. All scales were translated from English to Arabic. After translation, scale reliability was examined, and principle components analyses were conducted to examine the factor structure of each translated scale. Some predictors of marital satisfaction differed across husbands and wives. For wives, the Stressful Events scale predicted lower marital satisfaction and their ratings of their partners' PB (measured on a new subscale found through principle components analysis of scales included in this study) higher marital satisfaction. For husbands, Dismissing attachment style predicted negative marital satisfaction, and high ratings of Extraversion predicted positive marital satisfaction. Husbands and wives shared some predictors of marital satisfaction. For both, secure attachment predicted greater marital satisfaction. The Status scale was a negative predictor of marital satisfaction for both sexes. When the status of the husband was higher than that of the wife, marital satisfaction was higher for both husbands and wives, and when the status of the husband was lower than that of the wife, marital satisfaction was lower for both husbands and wives. Finally, for both husbands and wives, their own Negative Behaviour predicted low marital satisfaction. The relationship between marital satisfaction and marriage duration was not significant. Both husbands and wives started marriage with an average level of satisfaction. The husbands maintained an average satisfaction level, but wives' marital satisfaction, while remaining average, dropped slightly during the marriage.
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