Antecedents and Consequences of Marital Satisfaction in an Emirati Sample: A Structural Equation Model Analysis

Fatima Rashed Al-Darmaki, Shaima Ahammed, Sofoh H. Hassane, Abdullah Seif Abdullah, Saad Ibrahim Yaaqeib, Hamzeh Dodeen

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This study surveyed 1,000 married Emirati men and women to explore a model of marital satisfaction in relation to self-esteem, satisfaction with life, gender-role attitudes, and general health (physical and psychological). The Emirati Marital Satisfaction Scale (EMSS), State Self-Esteem Scale (SSES), Satisfaction With Life Scale (SWLS), the Arabic General Health Questionnaire, and the Sex-Role Egalitarianism Scale were used. Confirmatory factor analysis (CFA) on the EMSS indicated a moderate fit of the data to one factor structure. CFA on SSES and SWLS indicated an adequate fit of the data to the four-factor solution and one factor, respectively. The structural equation model for the EMSS showed that both general health and gender-role attitudes predict marital satisfaction and that marital satisfaction seems to predict the individual’s well-being as measured by life satisfaction and self-esteem. These results are discussed within the context of the United Arab Emirates culture and directions for future research are provided.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)365-387
Number of pages23
JournalMarriage and Family Review
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - May 19 2017


  • SLWS
  • gender role attitudes
  • general health questionnaire
  • marital satisfaction in UAE
  • state self-esteem

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)


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