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Perception of companions hip in relation to marital satisfaction: A study of married men and women

A.M. Ariyo, G.N. Mgbeokwii


The study assessed perception of companionship in relation to marital satisfaction by married men and women. The study utilised a stratified random sampling technique. Two research questions were generated for this study and a sample of 240 married men and women in Alimosho Local Government Area of Lagos State were selected. Results indicated that 95.9% agreed that couples who are each other’s best friend are always happy with their marriage, 95% agreed that companionship plays a vital role in marital satisfaction. Also, 91.3% submitted that they no longer tell their spouse how much they love him/her and reassure their commitment to the relationship as they used to during courtship and 89.6% submitted that they no longer talk freely about things of common interest to their relationship as they used to during courtship. It was therefore recommended that couples should not just be aware of the importance of companionship but exhibit it in their marriages.

Keywords: Companionship, marriage, intimacy, marital satisfaction, courtship, relationshi

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