Relationship between work-related stress and marital quality among couples in selected Seventh - day Adventist churches in Kiambu County, Kenya.
Kabete, Julius Gitonga
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Several studies have been carried out in the past focusing on the relationship between work-related stress and marital quality. These studies have indicated that some of the challenges that couples encounter in their marital relationships have a link with work-related stress. Seventh-day Adventist couples may not be exceptional cases on issues affecting other marriages. However, committed Christian couples may assume that they are immune to challenges that affect non-Christians and live in denial while in reality they may be experiencing the same problems that other couples face in their marriages. In spite of many studies that have been done to mitigate effects of work-related stress on marital quality, there is still prevalence of this phenomenon among SDA couples. This study sought to establish the relationship between work-related stress and marital quality among couples in selected S.D.A churches in Kiambu County in Kenya using Conservation of Resource (COR) theory. The study objectives were: To establish the levels of work-related stress; to establish the levels of marital quality and to find out the relationship between work-related stress and marital quality among SDA couples in Kiambu County. The study utilized correlational study design. The target population was Seventh-day Adventist married couples in Kiambu County which had 2413 married persons. Multi-stage sampling approach and Yamane’s formula for sampling was used to come up with a total of 150 respondents for the study. Questionnaires were used to collect data while the reliability of the instrument was established through test/retest as an internal reliability procedure. Data analysis was done using descriptive method where central measure of tendency involving frequency distribution, mode, median and percentile was employed while Spearman rank correlation coefficient was used to establish the relationship between work-related stress and marital quality. The findings of the study revealed that 44.7% couples experienced average work-related stress. The findings also revealed that a majority (73.3%) were satisfied with their marriage while (7.3%) experienced marital dissatisfaction. The results of the study also revealed that work-related stress had a negative effect on marital quality. The study recommends the need for psychological interventions for couples in SDA churches in Kiambu County.