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Communication, Conflict Resolution and Financial Unity among Married Couples from Churches in Makadara Constituency, Kenya

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dc.contributor.author Wakaba, Sharon T.
dc.date.accessioned 2018-02-15T12:39:02Z
dc.date.available 2018-02-15T12:39:02Z
dc.date.issued 2017
dc.identifier.uri http://erepo.usiu.ac.ke/11732/3605
dc.description A Thesis Submitted To The School Of Humanities And Social Sciences In Partial Fulfillment Of The Requirement For The Degree Of Master Of Arts In Counseling Psychology en_US
dc.description.abstract Whereas marriage is associated with satisfaction and happiness, several factors are widely acknowledged as necessary for a happy marriage. According to research in Counseling Psychology, satisfactory communication, conflict resolution and financial unity are key determinants for happiness in marriage. For instance, some known causes of divorce are listed as financial problems and lack of communication. It is with this understanding that this study sought to find out how communication, conflict resolution and financial unity change across different durations of marriage, and discover if they improve with increase in marriage duration. The precise objectives were establishing the differences in communication styles, conflict resolution styles and financial unity depending on duration of marriage. This study was conducted using a mixed method research design, with the target population being married respondents from various churches in Makadara constituency. The sample churches were selected using stratified sampling, with 15 churches being selected from 140 churches. A sample of 390 respondents was chosen from the sample number of churches using simple random sampling, with 13 couples selected from each church, though there were some changes in the overall study. A questionnaire was developed as a tool for collecting data. The researcher analyzed data using SPSS which utilized frequency distribution tables, percentages, chi square, and an additional analysis, correlation. The research results showed that passive aggressive style and assertive style were significant to duration of marriage, with χ2 (16, N=401) =26.331, p=0.05 and χ2 (16, N=401) =28.034, p=0.031 respectively. Passive aggressive style was significant to duration of marriage, with (F (4, N=396) =2.558, p=0.038), and it tended to decrease as duration of marriage increased. The mean values of positive communication styles increased as duration of marriage increased. With conflict resolution, compromise style and collaborative style were significant to marriage, with χ2 (16, N=401) =34.436, p=0.005 and χ2 (16, N=399) =33.371, p=0.007 respectively. Compromise style was positively correlated with duration of marriage at p=0.018, as it tended to increase as duration of marriage increased. The mean values of positive conflict resolution styles increased as duration of marriage increased. With financial unity, awareness of one‟s spouse‟s accounts was significant to duration of marriage, with χ2 (16, N=401) =26.264, p=0.05. Preferring to save rather than purchase items was negatively correlated to duration of marriage at p<0.01, as it tended to decrease as duration of marriage increased. The results showed that there was improvement of the three categories with increase in marriage duration, with positive styles getting better as duration of marriage increased and vice versa. There were implications drawn from the study, with the researcher suggesting programs be set up to help marriages thrive, from before marriage, to after marriage. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher United States International University - Africa en_US
dc.subject Communication en_US
dc.subject Conflict Resolution en_US
dc.subject Financial Unity en_US
dc.subject Married Couples en_US
dc.subject Churches en_US
dc.subject Makadara Constituency, Kenya en_US
dc.title Communication, Conflict Resolution and Financial Unity among Married Couples from Churches in Makadara Constituency, Kenya en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US


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