Physical Attractiveness, Marital Satisfaction and Happiness in Working and Nonworking Women

 Amina Said Hussain (MSc, 2016-2018) Supervisor: Afsheen Masood, PhD

The aim of the present study was to explore the relationship among physical attractiveness, marital satisfaction and happiness in working and nonworking married women. It was hypothesized that a) there would be a positive relationship between physical attractiveness, marital satisfaction and happiness in working and non-working women b) Physical attractiveness and marital satisfaction would predict happiness in working and non-working women and c) There would be a difference between working and nonworking women on happiness, marital satisfaction and happiness. Correlational research design and purposive sampling strategy was used to recruit a sample of N = 100 including (n =50) non-working women and (n = 50) working women. Attractiveness Scale (Masood, 2016), Kansas Marital Satisfaction Scale (Schumm, Scanlon, Crow, Green, & Buckler, 1983) and The Oxford Happiness Scale (Hills & Arygle, 2002) were used for the purpose of assessment. Data were analyzed through SPSS version 21 by applying Pearson product moment correlation analysis and hierarchical regression analysis and independent sample t-test. The results showed a significant positive relationship between physical attractiveness, marital satisfaction and happiness. Results further revealed that marital satisfaction and physical attractiveness was a significant positive predictor of happiness. It was also found that there was a significant difference between working and non-working women on marital satisfaction, physical attractiveness and happiness. The present study will hopefully be helpful in broadening the psychological implications on this topic. It may be helpful for psychologists and researchers in taking the measures required for betterment in the light of this research.

Keywords: Physical attractiveness, marital satisfaction, happiness.

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