2018, Cilt 5, Sayı 3, Sayfa(lar) 209-219
Assessment of the Marital Satisfaction of Pregnant Women
Tuğçe SÖNMEZ1, Serap EJDER APAY2, Elif Yağmur GÜR3
1Atatürk Üniversitesi Sağlık Bilimleri Fakültesi Ebelik Bölümü, Erzurum, Türkiye
2Atatürk Üniversitesi, Sağlık Bilimleri Fakültesi Ebelik Bölümü, Erzurum, Türkiye
3Atatürk Üniversitesi, Sağlık Bilimleri Fakültesi Ebelik Bölümü, Erzurum, Türkiye
Keywords: Marriage, marital satisfaction, pregnant

Aim: This study was conducted to determine the marital satisfaction of pregnant women.

Material and Methods: The universe of this descriptive, cross-sectional study was composed of all pregnant women who applied to a maternity/university hospital in eastern Turkey between December 2014 and February 2015. A total of 203 pregnant women were included in the study. The ethical approval was obtained from the Ethics Committee of the Faculty of Health Sciences. The necessary permission was received from the hospitals where the study conducted. Verbal informed consent was also obtained from the participants. The data were collected using a questionnaire and the Golombok-Rust Inventory of Marital State (GRIMS). The data were analyzed by using percentage distributions, mean, analysis of variance (ANOVA), t-test and non-parametric tests (Kruskal Wallis, MannWhitney-U).

Results: It was determined that the GRIMS mean score of pregnant women was 45.90±5.76. According to the cut-off scores of the inventory, 45.8% of the pregnant women experienced serious problems in their marriage. Women who were literate, had a marriage duration of 19- 24 months and were responsible for the household had higher mean scores of the GRIMS. The difference between the mean scores of groups was statistically significant.

Conclusion: The pregnant women involved in the study had serious problems with marital satisfaction. It was found that the educational status, the duration of marriage, and the domestic responsibilities affect the satisfaction of marriage. In this context, married couples should receive the necessary support from health professionals and marriage counselors whenever they need support at all times of their relationship.