This study is purposed to understand how theoretical adherence and practice of Ephesians 5:21-33, a passage of scripture from the Bible, influenced Evangelical Christians report of overall marital satisfaction and commitment to their current marriage. To assess level of theoretical adherence and practice, the researcher developed the Biblically-based Marital Satisfaction Questionnaire (BBMAQ), which categorized participants into four different groups based on their reported levels of theoretical adherence, or THEO score, and their reported level of practice of each verse, PRAG score, of Ephesians 5:21-33. Scores on the BBMAQ were correlated with participant/s scores on the Kansas Marital Satisfaction Scale and Investment Model-Commitment subscale. Additionally, the BBMAQ is a newly developed measure so the purpose of the study was also to better understand the factor structure of the BBMAQ, to assess if the BBMAQ could in fact properly categorize participants based on theoretical adherence and practice. The study results revealed that overall, those who both theoretically endorsed and practiced this scripture reported marginally significantly higher marital satisfaction than those who reported they did not theoretically endorse this passage of scripture, but did practice it currently in their marriage. Additionally there was a marginally significant higher commitment level for those who theoretically adhered to and practiced the passage of scripture, than those who reported that they did theoretically endorse this passage, but did not report practicing it. Additionally the exploratory factor analysis showed that the BBMAQ revealed two factors, thus validating its ability to properly categorize.
|Commitee:||Miller, Marianne, Negash, Sesen|
|School:||Alliant International University|
|Department:||San Diego, CSPP|
|School Location:||United States -- California|
|Source:||DAI-B 78/09(E), Dissertation Abstracts International|
|Keywords:||Biblically based marital assessment questionnaire, Evangelical Christian, Marital committment, Marital satisfaction|
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