MARITAL SATISFACTION AMONG MARRIED PEOPLE IN AWKA
A FACTORIAL STUDY OF INTIMACY AND LIBIDO
The study investigated marital satisfaction among married people in Awka: A Factorial Study of Intimacy and Libido. A total number of 165 married men and women, who were randomly selected, using simple random sampling techniques from the Faculty of social sciences, Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka, participated in the study. The ages of the participants ranged from 25 to 44, with a mean age of 29.56 years and a standard deviation of 4.02. The index of marital satisfaction by Hudson (1982), Personal Assessment of Intimacy in Relationship Scale by Schaefer and Olson (1981), and sexual Libido scale by Barton, Wilwerding, and carpenter, (2004) were used for the data collection. The data was analyzed using 2- WAY ANOVA. The result showed in hypothesis one that intimacy had a significant influence on marital satisfaction. The result showed in hypothesis two that libido had a significant influence on marital satisfaction. Finally, the result showed a significant interaction effect of intimacy and libido on marital satisfaction. Based on the findings, the researcher recommended that married people should be reoriented on the need to improve on their intimacy and ensure a reasonable level of sexual libido in their marital relationships as that will help to stabilize and maintain adequate level of marital satisfaction.