Perceived infidelity, depression, and romantic relationship satisfaction among students at Makerere University
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Infidelity among university students is a commonplace behavior that has received very little empirical attention. This study examined the relationships among perceived infidelity, depression and romantic relationship satisfaction among Makerere University students. We utilized a correlational study design with a sample of 200 students, who were in romantic relationships at Makerere University. We used a purposive sampling technique and standardized self-administered questionnaires. Data was analyzed using the statistical package for social scientists (SPSS) and the Pearson Product Correlation Coefficient (r) was used to test the hypotheses. The results revealed that there was a statistically significant positive relationship between Perceived infidelity and depression (r=.368,p<.001), a significant negative relationships between depression and romantic relationship satisfaction (r = -.353, p<.001) and between perceived infidelity and romantic relationship satisfaction (r = -.358, p<.001). This indicated that an increase in the level of perceived infidelity was associated with heightened depression symptoms among students. Furthermore, as depression increased, satisfaction with romantic relationships decreased. Additionally, perceived infidelity was linked to decreased relationship satisfaction among students at Makerere University. These findings highlighted the intricate connections between perceived infidelity, depression, and romantic relationship satisfaction in the context of university life. The study highlights the importance of addressing relationship-related stressors and promoting mental health support services within the university community. Recommendations include implementing relationship education programs, early intervention strategies, and fostering a positive campus environment that prioritizes open communication, trust, and emotional support within romantic relationships.