Association of Levels of Education and Marital Experience on Marital Satisfaction among Selected Marriages in Kisii Township Kisii County

Samson Barongo, Michael Okwara, Peter Aloka, Naftali Ondiba Masoka


Marital satisfaction is a pertinent ingredient to the stability of any nation, given that the family is the basic unit of any nation. Too much marital dissatisfaction leads to family members being unstable socially which trickles down to societal problems hence to the nation. In Kisii Town, Kisii county women have derived marital dissatisfaction from the fact that their husbands batter them for money from the woman’ small businesses and the men are also threatened by the womens’ stability and that generally there is family conflicts between men and women.  The purpose of this study therefore sought to establish the relationship between age, level of education, marital experience and gender in relation to marital satisfaction among selected spouses. The objectives for the study were: to determine the relationship between between education and marital satisfaction and to establish the relationship between marital experience and marital satisfaction among selected spouses in Kisii Township in Kisii County. The researcher employed a correlation survey design. The population of the study comprised 4,019 spouses and a sample size of 200 spouses was randomly selected for the study. Data was collected by using the Marital Satisfaction Questionnaire.  Content and construct validity was ascertained by a pilot study of applying 20 questionnaires outside the area of study by a questionnaire vetted by peers. Reliability was established by the calculating Cronbachs’ Alfa Coeffecient by administering the questionnaire to 20 respondents who did not take part in the final study. Reliability coefficients of 0.763, 0.710, 0.716 and 0.701 were reported and were all above the recommended value. Data analysis was done using statistical techniques such as ANOVA with the aid of statistical package of social sciences version 21. marital satisfaction in marriages. From the statistical analysis in the table 4.5, the P value indicating the significance of education was at 0.05 and the calculated p value was at 0.171. Thus (P>.05) in all the different educational levels. Therefore, we accept the null hypothesis that there is no statistically significant relationship between level of education and marital satisfaction and reject the alternative hypothesis that there is statistical significant relationship between level of education and marital satisfaction. And on marital experience statistical analysis in table 4.7, the P value indicating the cut off value was indicated at 0.05 and the calculated p value was 0.086. Subsequently, (p>0.05) therefore the null hypothesis stating that there is no statistical significance between experience and marital satisfaction was accepted and the alternative hypothesis was rejected.

Keywords: key words,  level of Education, Marital experience, marital satisfaction

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