Hypothesis 2: Among HFMS, the variables from the theoretical model would predict marital satisfaction after controlling for any confounding demographic variables.
To test these hypotheses, we recruited HFMS who were participating in an intervention study of education and social support for management of symptoms.
The PAIS was only administered to the HFMS sample as the measure focuses on adjustment to a partner's illness.
Table 2 shows that HFMS reported low levels of role strains, with the highest in social and sexual roles.
The purpose of Hypothesis 1 was to determine whether HFMS report lower marital satisfaction than husbands of women without illness.
The purpose of Hypothesis 2 was to determine whether variables from the transactional model would help explain marital satisfaction among the group of HFMS.
The hypothesis that HFMS would report significantly less marital satisfaction than husbands of women without FMS was supported.
We hypothesized that the role strains experienced by the HFMS because of the FMS would serve as stressors that impacted their marital satisfaction.
HFMS reported lower levels of social support than did husbands of healthy women.
Although the present study focused on the impact of role strains, HFMS who are experiencing fatigue and depression may be impacted by these as well in their efforts to seek social support from sources outside of the home or family.