Consensus on Constraints in Marital Satisfaction Among Married People in African Context

Tumbwene E. Mwansisya, Ipyana H. Mwampagatwa

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Marriage is considered as the most important social institution and symbol of adulthood in Africa. However, the trend of divorce has increased alarmingly in recent years. We explored the constraints towards marital satisfaction by using the Delphi technique with assumptions that couples are the experts on their marriages. Participant’s panel included married heterosexual couples divided into two groups: men and women couple’s panels. The group of women’s panel included 31 participants and men’s panel contained 25 males. Then in the final stage, both groups provided their views and discussed on the possible solutions to the identified constraints. Five major themes emerged: satisfaction in sexuality among couples, difficulties in communication, economic and financial conflicts, the role of extended families, and opportunity for behavioural change to achieve marital satisfaction. Our findings support the hypothesis that satisfaction with sexual intercourse, respectful communication, financial stability and careful handling of relatives influence marital satisfaction.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1237-1253
Number of pages17
JournalJournal of Family Issues
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - May 2023


  • divorce/separation
  • intimate relationships
  • qualitative
  • satisfaction
  • sexuality


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