Marital Satisfaction and Commitment Among Mormons : An Application of Sternberg's Triangular Theory of Love
Indiana University of Pennsylvania
The purpose of this study is to better understand marital satisfaction among married couples in the Mormon Church through the application of Sternberg's Triangular Theory of Love on a sample of this population. Married members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, more commonly known as Mormons, of the Pittsburgh North Stake were surveyed. Spanier's Dyadic Adjustment Scale was used to obtain a measure of Marital Satisfaction. Mormon marriages were not markedly different from Spanier's normative sample; however, Mormons who were married to a Mormon were happier than Mormons who were married to a non-Mormon. Sternberg's Triangular Theory of Love Scale was used as a basis for examining components of love present in these Mormon marriages. Mormons were very similar to Sternberg's normative sample on Intimacy and Passion but were markedly higher on Commitment. Intimacy was found to be a good predictor of Marital Satisfaction. Commitment to the Mormon Church was also measured through participant's self report of involvement in church activities and adherence to church principles. The level of one's Church Commitment was not found to be a good predictor of Marital Satisfaction.