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study the variables of interest. Standardized questionnaires were used to assess
all variables of interest. Enrich Marital Satisfaction Scale (EMS), Rosenberg Self-Esteem
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Statistical package for Social Science software (SPSS version 25). A
total of 720 purposively selected participants took part in the research. The sample
was predominantly female, 430 (60%) and Christian, 675 (94%). The modal age group
for respondents and spouses was 31-45 years 387(54%) and 400 (56%) respectively.
Study participants who were married by ordinance comprised 400 (56%). One hundred
and fifty study participants (21%) had the same ethnicity with their spouses and
the mean years of marriage was 13.1510.70. The result of the study revealed a significant
positive correlation between intimacy and marital satisfaction [r(718) =
.460, p< .000], a no significant correlation between locus of control and marital
satisfaction [r(718) = .041, p>.05], a negative correlation between
self-esteem and marital satisfaction variables [r(718) = -.027, p>
.05]. Partner intimacy for to-be-wed couples should be promoted within appropriate
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