Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)


College of Humanities and Social Sciences



Thesis Sponsor/Dissertation Chair/Project Chair

Jennifer Bragger

Committee Member

Daniel Simonet

Committee Member

Valerie Sessa


The purpose of our study was to empirically investigate how individuals’ meaningfulness of work (MOW) is positively related to marital satisfaction of his or her spouse, and how meaningfulness of family (MOF) may moderate this relationship. Our sample consisted of dual earning couples with children, which allowed for data analysis through the Actor- Partner Interdependence Model (APIM), and Actor-Partner Interdependence Moderation Model (APIMoM). As hypothesized, there were actor and partner effects; individuals who experienced higher MOW reported higher marital satisfaction and higher MOW for individual’s predicted higher levels of their spouse’s marital satisfaction. Hypothesis 2a and 2b were also supported; individual’s own sense of MOW was more strongly related to their own marital satisfaction when they were on MOF, and spouse’s sense of MOW influenced an individual’s marital satisfaction when the spouse was also high on MOF. Implications are discussed.

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