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Early father–daughter relationship and demographic determinants of spousal marital satisfaction

Authors Alsheikh Ali A, Daoud F

Received 14 September 2015

Accepted for publication 30 December 2015

Published 11 April 2016 Volume 2016:9 Pages 61—70

DOI https://doi.org/10.2147/PRBM.S96345

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Peer reviewers approved by Dr Rebecca Sargisson

Peer reviewer comments 4

Editor who approved publication: Professor Igor Elman

Ahmad Alsheikh Ali,1 Fawzi Shaker Daoud2

1Counseling Psychology Program, Faculty of Educational Sciences, Hashemite University, 2Department of Psychology, Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Al-Ahliyya Amman University, Amman, Jordan

Abstract: This study examined several dimensions of early father–daughter relationship as predictors of marital satisfaction among 494 respondents. Descriptive comparative approach was used in result analysis. The Father Presence Questionnaire and Marital Satisfaction Questionnaire were used, in addition to a number of demographic variables. Results showed that only physical relationship with the father, and perceptions of father’s influence, had a positive significant impact on wives’ marital satisfaction. Of all domains, only positive feelings about the father had a negative impact on the husband's marital satisfaction. Most demographic variables had statistically significant effect on marital satisfaction. Sociocultural implications for marital satisfaction for wives and husbands are discussed.

Keywords: early father–daughter relationship, demographic, spousal marital satisfaction

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