ABSTRACT

Objectives: This study examined the effect of the newlyweds’ perception and application of relationship standards, which form the foundation of their marriage life, on their level of satisfaction with the partner’s positive behaviors. The study also aimed to seek ways for the newlyweds to adjust to their married life. Methods: The study targeted 145 newlyweds living in the Seoul metropolitan area, who are married for the first time with less than 5 years of married life and without children. A survey was conducted on the targets with regards to their perception and actual application of relationship standards as well as the satisfaction they feel from the partner's positive behavior. The data was analyzed by using the SPSS 18.0 program. Results: The study found for the husbands, the way that they perceive how a marriage life should be had a high level of influence. For the wives however, actual application of the standard had a high level of influence. In other words, the wives are satisfied with their partners’ behaviors when they feel that expected relationship standards are well applied to their actual married life. There was therefore a difference between the husband and the wife in terms of the factor that affects their satisfaction. Conclusions: This study is significant as it examined the relationship standards of the newlyweds, their perception on their partners’ positive behaviors, and the dynamic relationship among different variables at a time when family disorganization of newlyweds is ever increasing. It is also significant in that it identified the relationship standards that act as the obstacle to successful married life and further suggested a way for the newlyweds to adjust the standards, which are perceived differently by the husband and the wife, to their married life in a harmonious manner. Marriage counselors would need to help the newlyweds to establish a realistic and harmonious standard that would enhance their satisfaction in their marriage life.

KEYWORD

perception of relationship standards, application of relationship standard, satisfaction with the partner’s positive behaviors

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