"Social Context of Marital Happiness" Research Article Review by Nicky

Reviews the research article by Shaifali Sandhya, "The Social Context of Marital Happiness in Urban Indian Couples: Interplay of Intimacy and Conflict", from the "Journal of Marital and Family Therapy", January, 2009.
# 150528 | 1,050 words | 4 sources | APA | 2012 | US
Published on Feb 29, 2012 in Women Studies (Marriage) , Research Designs (General)

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This paper explains that Shaifali Sandhya's research article "The Social Context of Marital Happiness in Urban Indian Couples: Interplay of Intimacy and Conflict" presents the precise research objective to investigate marital happiness among urban Hindu husbands and wives living in a globalizing India and defines the research by outlining five specific questions or problems thus providing an operational base from which the research variables can be operationalized. Next, the author looks at this research's literature review, method, design, instruments and sampling. The paper concludes that, although the general happiness scale creates some level of inconsistency within the results, overall, this reported research was clearly stated, executed and analyzed in several ways using different tools.

Table of Contents:
Research Problem
Research Methodology
The Review of Literature
Research Method
Research Design
Research Instruments
Interpretation and Analysis

From the Paper:

"Research Design. Both quantitative and qualitative research methods were employed in this study. Instruments include self-report measures and personal narratives of 91 native Hindu married couples (182 participants) from three types of living arrangements that I have mentioned earlier. The qualitative part on the other hand was utilized via personal narratives of the participants.
"Research Instruments. For the quantitative part, marital happiness was assessed using the Locke-Wallace Marital Adjustment Test. The questionnaire also includes a demographic survey portion which was based on the National Health and Social Life "Survey. Quantitative questions on intimacy and conflict can also be found in the questionnaire. For the qualitative part, the instrument devised explored 12 dimensions of the participant's lives: their expectations about their partner, career, self, well-being, intimacy, marital relationship, family living arrangements, in-laws, parents, their conflict history, good times they had shared, and the cultural norms guiding marriage.
"Sampling. Two sampling methods were used in this study both are non-probabilistic in nature: 40% was convenience sampling where the research "obtained a convenience sample by selecting whatever sampling units are conveniently available." In this study, participants where recruited from universities, parks, and shopping malls. Snowballing technique, on the other hand, accounted for 60% of the samples."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • City University of Hong Kong Website. (n.d.) Chapter Three: Research Methodology.Retrieved from http://www.is.cityu.edu.hk/staff/isrobert/phd/ch3.pdf on Sept. 16, 2009.
  • Kroelinger, M. (2002). The Research Problem. Retrieved from http://www.public.asu.edu/~kroel/www500/The%20Research%20Problem.pdf on Sept. 16, 2009.
  • Nachmias C.F. & Nachmias, D. (1996). Research Methods in the Social Sciences.London: St. Martin's Press, Inc.
  • Sandhya, S. (2009). The Social Context of Marital Happiness in Urban Indian Couples:Interplay of Intimacy and Conflict. Journal of Marital and Family Therapy, 35 (1), pp. 74-96

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"Social Context of Marital Happiness" Research (2012, February 29) Retrieved June 07, 2023, from https://www.academon.com/article-review/social-context-of-marital-happiness-research-150528/

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