Date of Award


Document Type

Doctoral Research Project

Degree Name

Doctor of Psychology (PsyD)



First Advisor

Richard T. Elmore, Jr.

Second Advisor

Barbara Paulillo

Third Advisor

John Frongillo

Fourth Advisor

Lisa Steelman


A majority of research regarding military populations focuses on service members solely and often ignores spousal difficulties. The current study utilizes the 16 Personality Factor Couple’s Counseling Report (16PF CCR) variables to assist in clarifying factors that impact relationship functioning among female spouses of male combat veterans post-deployment. Results of the present study demonstrated a positive significant relationship between Overall Marital Satisfaction and one of the nine Individual Satisfaction areas. A significant and negative relationship was found between Overall Marital Satisfaction scores and one of the sixteen Primary Personality factors. Personality Similarity had a significant negative and a significant positive relationship with two Primary Personality factors, whereas Relationship Adjustment demonstrated significant positive relationships with four Primary Personality factors. A significant positive relationship was found between Personality Similarity and Relationship Adjustment. A significant relationship was found between Overall Marital Satisfaction scores, length of relationship, and age. Limitations, implications, and future research directions based on the current study are discussed.


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