Areas of Desired Change Among Married Midlife Individuals
Areas of change, marital dissatisfaction, midlife
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.
BYU ScholarsArchive Citation
Christensen, Sherie and Miller, Rick B., "Areas of Desired Change Among Married Midlife Individuals" (2004). All Faculty Publications. 2543.
Journal of Couple and relationship Therapy
Family, Home, and Social Sciences
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