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Dr. Ryan Henry Examines Gender Differences in Marital Satisfaction

Dr. Henry, in concert with colleagues from Alliant International University, Brigham Young University, and Utah State University, conducted a meta-analysis of the literature to determine the prevailing belief that women had less marital satisfaction than men.  They found that that wives in marital therapy were substantially less satisfied with their marriages than their husbands. This suggests that marital distress most commonly lies with the wife becoming dissatisfied in the relationship and that wives are more likely to seek marital therapy. The finding also suggest that in a nonclinical sample there is no difference between husband and wives satisfaction with the marriage.

For more about this study, contact Dr. Henry at rghenry@usf.edu.

Jackson, J. B., Miller, R. B., Oka, M., & Henry, R. G. (2014). Gender differences in marital satisfaction: A meta-analysis. Journal of Marriage and Family, 76(1), 105–129. doi:10.1111/jomf.12077