Volume 11, Issue 2 (Summer 2007)                   2007, 11(2): 37-43 | Back to browse issues page

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Abstract Background: Marital satisfaction is among the factors considered to influence the improvement and goal achievement of life. Contrarily, depression can suppress motivation and activity, leading to job and family problems. Objective: The purpose of this study was to determine the correlation between marital satisfaction and depression among couples in Rafsanjan (Iran). Methods: This was a descriptive-analytical study in which 300 married couples (300 men, 300 women), aged between 18-35 years, were investigated. The population study were chosen based on random multi-stage sampling during one-month trial (February to March) in 2003. The data were collected using two questionnaires, the Beck and Enrich scales to study depression and marital satisfaction, respectively. Later, using SPSS software, Pearson correlation coefficient, chi-square test, and Fisher test, the data were analyzed. Findings: The prevalence of depression in married couples was 25.7% for men and 27.7% for women. Statically, a significant difference was found between the degree of depression and sex, age, number of children, and the length of marriage. The prevalence of marital satisfaction among couples was 85.4% and 77% for men and women, respectively. Again, a significant difference was seen between the degree of depression and marital satisfaction. In general, there was a negative relationship between depression and marital satisfaction (p<0.05). Conclusion: Based on data found in our study, more comprehensive health and nursing programs to simultaneously lowering the degree of depression and promoting the level of marital satisfaction among the couples are suggested.
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Type of Study: Research | Subject: Medical Education