Marriage expectations worksheet

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What is the theory behind the worksheet?

The current worksheet is based on the Expectancy Theory of Motivation, which explains how people expect maximum satisfaction and minimum dissatisfaction from an event, thing, or person (Kaplan et al., 2005). Subsequently, even in marriage, individuals expect high expectations to be met.

How will the worksheet help?

This worksheet will help practitioners assist their client’s unrealistic beliefs in order to adjust these high expectations regarding marriage and partnership.

How to use the worksheet?

In every marriage, some great expectations and expectations that can’t be met. The last ones tend to create tension between the partners, stress that can lead to dissatisfaction, arguments, or even separation. Marriage is not a pro-self competition but a team game. 

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Kaplan, D. S., Liu, R. X., & Kaplan, H. B. (2005). School related stress in early adolescence and academic performance three years later: the conditional influence of self-expectations. Social Psychology of Education, 8, 3-17.