Jelena Sakotic-Kurbalija and Dragan Kurbalija, Department of Psychology, Faculty of Philosophy, University of Novi Sad
School of Agriculture with Dormitory, Futog


The aim of the study was to determine if and to what extent equal point of view of
spouses regarding recreation can be seen as a significant indicator of the quality and stability
of marital relationship in our society. For this purpose 436 women, who live in marriage or
non-marital cohabitation, aged 19- 64, were tested. The differences among the tested women
who share the same attitude about recreation with their spouses and those who do not, were
tested by discriminatory analysis regarding the following: different demographic variables,
general satisfaction with the marriage and marital relationship, different aspects of the quality
of the marital relationship, style of affectional bond, marital locus of control, differences in
judgement of personal and spouse’s values, presence of stressful events, strategies for
overcoming the stress, stability of the marriage and intention to seek professional
psychological help. Statistically significant discriminatory factor (rc=0.54; p= 0.00) was
obtained which is interpreted as harmonious in contrast to the conflict prone marital
relationship. The main conclusion of the research is that the spousal approval of recreation
represents a good indicator of general harmony in a marital relationship.

Keywords: recreation, marital relationships, marriage satisfaction, divorce potential


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