Although marriage is one of the most important and fundamental human relationships, there are various
elements affecting marital satisfaction. This study has examined the level and determinants of marital
satisfaction in Woldia town, Ethiopia. Using a cross-sectional study design, the data were collected from 406
randomly selected married couples (55.2% males and 44.8% females). Descriptive and inferential statistics
were used to describe the socio-demographic characteristics and predict their effect on marital satisfaction. The
key findings showed that the majority (67.7%) of spouses were satisfied with their marital relations. The
multivariate binary logistic regression analysis showed that marital satisfaction has significant (p<0.05) positive
relationship with sex (AOR=4.64;95% CI: 1.16,18.62), first time marriage (AOR=9.03;95%CI:1.67,48.68),
family monthly income (AOR=8.35; 95%CI:1.35,51.55), religious marriage
(AOR=20.73;95%CI:1.14,375.85), and religious similarity (AOR=12.44;95%CI:2.32,66.68). On the other
hand, duration in marriage (AOR=.11; 95%CI: .02, .57), premarital cohabitation (AOR=.08; 95%CI: 01, 0.67),
and premarital sex (AOR=.03; 95%CI: .01, .20) showed negative significant relationship with marital
satisfaction. Spouse’s age, spousal age difference, level of education, having a child, and income provider of
the family showed no statistically significant association (p>0.05) with marital satisfaction. The study
recommends that effective preventive and intervention strategies are needed for building a healthy marriage and family environment.

Keywords: / Ethiopia /Factors/Family wellbeing/Marriage/Relationship/

URN: http://nbn-resolving.usurn:nbn:de:0000ejssls.v7i2

Published: 2020-12-27