MARITAL HAPPINESS: AN INTRINSIC CASE STUDY OF MR. X


The objective of this investigation is to study marital happiness of visually disabled persons. To be specific, this study sought to: 1) Explore the dimensions of marital happiness of visually disabled persons; 2) Explore the sources of marital happiness of visually disabled persons; and 3) explore the strategies to obtain or maintain marital happiness of visually disabled persons. As no investigation has been conducted regarding such matter, the intrinsic case study design has been utilized in this investigation. One respondent labeled as Mr. X has been recruited in this investigation. Data in this investigation has been collected using in-depth interview and analyzed using qualitative content analysis. Four themes were constructed regarding the dimensions of marital happiness: 1) positive relationship, 2) positive emotions, 3) meaning, and 4) spirituality. For the sources of marital happiness, the study has discovered nine sources of marital happiness (i.e. responsibility, acceptance, self-efficacy, achievements, religion, sense of togetherness, access to transportation, financial stability, and characteristics of the spouse). Finally, three themes related to the strategies to obtain or maintain marital happiness were also constructed (i.e. engaging in religious practices, practicing healthy communication, and dividing responsibilities).