Title

Areas of Desired Change Among Married Midlife Individuals

Keywords

Areas of change, marital dissatisfaction, midlife

Abstract

While much research has been conducted on marital satisfaction, few studies have examined areas of desired change in marriage. This issue was examined by using data from a national random sample of 542 married persons aged 40–50. Using qualitative methods to analyze the responses to an open-ended question, six major and nine minor categories emerged from the data. The overwhelmingly most common area of desired change was not being able to spend enough time together. Disappointment about their sexual relationship, problems with communication and conflict resolution, and displeasure with the affection and closeness in the relationship were also common themes. These findings suggest the importance of clinicians working with midlife couples to recognize the time demands faced in midlife and to help couples prioritize and Structure time to Spend together.

Original Publication Citation

*Christensen, S. A., & Miller, R. B. (2006) Areas of desired change among married midlife individuals. Journal of Couple and Relationship Therapy, 5 (3), 35-57.

Document Type

Peer-Reviewed Article

Publication Date

2004-04-07

Publisher

Journal of Couple and relationship Therapy

Language

English

College

Family, Home, and Social Sciences

Department

Sociology

University Standing at Time of Publication

Full Professor

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