Cleveland Shields


Child Development and Family Studies


Youth, Adult, and Family Services


CDFS, maital satisfaction and age, perceived criticism, marriage and age


This study was a secondary analysis of seventy-seven couples dealing with breast cancer and examined the relationship between age and marital satisfaction. The couples’ marital satisfaction was measured using the Satisfaction and Cohesion Subscales of the Revised Dyadic Adjustment Scale. In analyzing age and marital satisfaction, husbands and wives were evaluated individually, using their age at the time of their entrance into the study. A correlation analysis was used to determine any significance between age and marital satisfaction. Then, a multiple regression with age stratified into high and low was used with an interaction term of age X perceived criticism to find out if perceived criticism was a moderating variable. Findings from this study did not support the hypothesis that there was a significant correlation between age and marital satisfaction alone, and that older individuals would experience higher marital satisfaction. Findings did, however, support the hypothesis that perceived criticism significantly influenced the relationship between age and marital satisfaction.