Emotional-Focused Therapy as a Determinant of Marital Satisfaction Among Postgraduate Students

Abdullateef Shittu, Ogechi Mary Esere, Adekola Kamil Lasisi


This study investigates emotional-focused therapy as a determinant of marital satisfaction among postgraduate students at Al-Hikmah University, Ilorin-Nigeria. A descriptive research design of correlation type was used. The study uses two purposes, two research questions and two research hypotheses. The population of the study was 150 postgraduate students of Al-Hikmah University, Ilorin. 100 postgraduate student was sampled from three Faculties (Education, Humanity and Social Sciences) from Al-Hikmah University, Ilorin-Nigeria. The first stage involved the use of a purposive sampling technique to select the two Departments; Educational Management and Counselling, Al-Hikmah University, Ilorin-Nigeria. The second stage involved the use of a simple random sampling technique to select 25 postgraduate students from each Department. Data collected were analyzed using Pearson’s Product Moment Correlation at 0.05 level of significance. The result shows that emotional-focused therapy has a positive relationship with marital satisfaction among postgraduate students at Al-Hikmah University, Ilorin-Nigeria (r.cal. = 0.23, < p0.05). The study found that emotional regulation has a positive relationship with marital satisfaction among postgraduate students at Al-Hikmah University, Ilorin-Nigeria (r.cal. = 0.20, < p0.05). Based on the results, recommendations were made among others that school counsellors should employ the use of emotional-focused counselling therapy to help improve therapy and regulate the negative emotions of married postgraduate students.


Emotional Focused Therapy, Emotional Regulation, Marital Satisfaction.

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