International Journal of Humanities and Social Science

ISSN 2220-8488 (Print), 2221-0989 (Online) 10.30845/ijhss

Psychosocial Issues Influencing Marital Conflicts Among Married Couples in Mwea, Embu County, Kenya- Focus on Emotional Issues
Martha Wamathu

Psychosocial issues relating to marital conflict among married couples have been prevalent and have been escalating among individuals within society. The local situation is that the problem has been partially addressed due to a deficiency in intervention measures and informative research that has provided insignificant relevant data and statistics. The study's goals were to ascertain how much emotion influences marital conflict in married couples, Systems theory was used in the study. Mixed method approach was also used for the study, which involved collecting, processing, and presenting both quantitative and qualitative data. The study employed a descriptive study design and a purposive sampling technique. For married couples, open-ended and closed-ended questionnaires as well as focus groups using a focus group discussion guide was used to collect data. Descriptive statistics including frequencies and percentages were also used to assess the quantitative data using Microsoft excel and Statistical Program for Social Science (SPSS) version 21.0. the results showed that the respondents understood the influences of emotions on marital conflicts. Qualitative data was also analyzed using content analysis. A number of themes emerged from this including those similar to the same findings from the quantitative data that emotions cause marital conflicts. The results will contribute to a greater understanding of the key role that marital conflict plays in Kenya.

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