Marriage Satisfaction and Wellness in India and the United States: A Preliminary Comparison of Arranged Marriages and Marriages of Choice

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  • Jane E. Myers,

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    1. Department of Counseling and Educational Development, University of North Carolina at Greensboro.
    • Department of Counseling and Educational Development, The University of North Carolina at Greensboro, PO Box 26171, Greensboro, NC 27402–6171 (e-mail: jemyers@uncg.edu).

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  • Jayamala Madathil,

    1. Department of Counseling and Educational Development, University of North Carolina at Greensboro.
    2. Department of Counseling and Human Services, University of Colorado at Colorado Springs
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  • Lynne R. Tingle

    1. Educational Research and Measurement, University of North Carolina at Greensboro.
    2. private consultant in Charlotte, North Carolina.
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Abstract

Forty-five individuals (22 couples and 1 widowed person) living in arranged marriages in India completed questionnaires measuring marital satisfaction and wellness. The data were compared with existing data on individuals in the United States living in marriages of choice. Differences were found in importance of marital characteristics, but no differences in satisfaction were found. Differences were also found in 9 of 19 wellness scales between the 2 groups. Implications for further research are considered.

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