Date of Award


Document Type

Doctoral Research Project

Degree Name

Doctor of Psychology (PsyD)



First Advisor

Richard T. Elmore, Jr.

Second Advisor

Barbara M. Paulillo

Third Advisor

Robert A. Taylor

Fourth Advisor

Lisa A. Steelman


The present study utilized the 16 Personality Factor Couple’s Counseling Report (16PF-CCR) to contribute to the current paucity of research evaluating group differences between males receiving marital therapy and non-clinical males on personality factors which may influence marital satisfaction and relationship adjustment. Results were obtained from a total of 107 heterosexual males who have either received marital counseling or not (53 Non-Clinical and 54 Clinical). Statistically significant group membership differences were found in the Primary Personality Factors, including Warmth and Vigilance; however, there were no significant findings in the Global Personality Factors. Group differences were similarly observed when evaluating the nine Individual Satisfaction items and Overall Satisfaction scores. Counter to initial hypotheses, there were no significant differences reported for the Relationship Adjustment and Validity Scale scores. Limitations of this study, clinical implications, and areas for further research are also discussed.


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