Ene Nwachinemere Okoro (PhD), Rebecca Temitope Newton, Sunni Isaac Mallo, Alexander William


Communication is essential for two persons to feel closeness and to maintain that closeness over time. It is fundamental to human interaction and intimate relationships among married couples. It is on this note that the study investigated the relationship between communication, marital stress and marital satisfaction among couples in Kaduna North. Cross sectional survey research design was adopted using accidental sampling technique to choose one hundred participants (100). Three hypotheses were stated and tested using inferential statistics of Pearson Product-Moment Correlation, Independent Sample t-test and One-Way Analysis of variance (ANOVA). The first hypothesis revealed a statistically significant positive relationship between communication and marital satisfaction r(98)= 0.425, P< 0.01. In other words, the hypothesis was confirmed significant in this study. Hypothesis second result revealed a no statistically significant t(98)= -1.105, P> 0.05NS difference between males and females in marital stress in Kaduna State. In other words, this hypothesis was not confirmed significant in this study. The third hypothesis indicates that there is no statistically significant F(2, 97) = 0.904, P > 0.05NS mean age difference in marital stress among couples in Kaduna. In other words, the hypothesis was not confirmed in this study. We concluded and recommended that Communication is the bedrock of marital satisfaction, for marriages to last and be healthy. Seminars and conferences should be organized for married adults on communication to enlighten them on the challenges of marital relationship.


Relationship, Communication, Marital Stress, Marital Satisfaction, Couples.

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