College of Arts & Sciences

Date of Award

Spring 5-2011

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)



First Advisor

Spencer K. Thompson, Ph.D.

Second Advisor

James Olson, Ph.D.

Third Advisor

Crystale Marsh-McDonald, Ph.D.


Financial issues are often a major area of contention in any marriage. The Marital Satisfaction Inventory-Revised and a series of researcher-created questions were given to 109 married people to ascertain financial behaviors as they relate to marital satisfaction in the marriage. The current research shows that there was no significant difference found between marital satisfaction scores on MSI-R and financial behaviors; however, there was much information to be gained that shows that there may be some relationship between marital satisfaction and financial behaviors. The current research indicates that there may be some relationship between communication skills and good financial practices in a marriage, although no significant relationships were established. This study was intended to enhance awareness of financial issues in marriages for professionals. In addition, it hopes to encourage helping professionals to become knowledgeable in financial matters as they relate to marital satisfaction, so that they are properly equipped to deal with one of the major factors in marital discord and divorce.