Marital Status Satisfaction and Hope
Mentor:Virgil Adams III Ph.D., Program Chair & Professor of Psychology, California State University Channel Islands
The significance of hope in people’s lives is well acknowledged. Hope is defined as a positive way of thinking that includes the determination (agency) and the planning (pathways) to achieve intended goals (Snyder et al., 1991). Level of life satisfaction can be predicted by the level of hope (Bailey, Eng, Frisch, Snyder, 2007). Moreover, researchers have found a strong relationship between marital status and hope (Bailey & Snyder, 2007). The present study expanded this line of work by examining the relationship between marital status satisfaction and hope. It was hypothesized that its not marital status that matters but rather the satisfaction with that status that is the best predictor of hopeful thinking. Results supported the hypothesis, those individuals who were highly satisfied with their marital status are also very hopeful. In Addition, married individuals were significantly more hopeful than single individuals. Discussion focuses on the impact this has for the institution of marriage in the US.