Predictors of Emirati Marital Satisfaction: Contributions of Psychological Health and Family Functioning

Fatima Al-Darmaki, Hamzeh Dodeen, Saad Yaaqeib, Shaima Ahammed, Mary J. Jacobson

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Based on previous work on factors predicting marital satisfaction in Emirati society, this study aimed at examining whether anxiety and depression as well as perceived family functioning would predict marital satisfaction among a sample of 1,041 Emirati married individuals. Participants responded to the Emirati Marital Satisfaction Scale along with an Arabic translation of the General Functioning (GF12) subscale of the McMaster Family Assessment Device and the Primary Care Anxiety and Depression Scale. Marital satisfaction negatively correlated with lower levels of family functioning as well as to depression and anxiety. Lower levels of depression and anxiety as well as healthy family functioning together explained about 50% of the variance in the marital satisfaction. The interaction between gender and depression and anxiety was insignificant. Findings are discussed within the United Arab Emirates cultural context.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)785-804
Number of pages20
JournalJournal of Family Issues
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - Apr 1 2019


  • Emirati Marital Satisfaction Scale
  • anxiety
  • depression
  • family functioning
  • marital satisfaction
  • psychological health

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)


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