The effect of husband-wife communication on marital power in decision-making

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Melvin O'Neal Weeks (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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Richard H. Klemer

Abstract: The purpose of this study was to investigate the effect of husband-wife communication on marital power in decision-making. Forty married couples were selected from the parents of children enrolled in the School of Home Economics Nursery School program at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. The subjects were selected on the basis of their homogeneity of characteristics related to variables which had been reported by previous research to affect marital power. Couples were randomly assigned to an experimental and a control group. A Decision Power Index was used as a measure of each spouse's perceived power. A pretest and a posttest, both of which consisted of the same risk-taking decision, were administered to each spouse before and after a fifteen-minute period during which the experimental couples discussed the decision and the control couples listened to an unrelated musical tape and had no communication. Appropriate t tests were used to analyze the data. The significance level was set at the .05 critical value for a two-tailed test.

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Language: English
Date: 1973
Communication in marriage
Decision making
Husband and wife

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