Examining the marriages of nontraditional women : marital processes and outcomes

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J. Lyn Rhoden (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
Web Site: http://library.uncg.edu/
Kay Pasley

Abstract: The purpose of this research was to examine the ways marital processes influence marital outcomes in marriages wherein the wife is nontraditional. Selected data from the Marital Stability Over the Life Course Data Set (Booth et al, 1992), an eight-year longitudinal study examining various dimensions of marital quality, was used. A subsample of married women who were defined as nontraditional (n = 74) and a comparison group of traditional women (n = 274) were selected from the data set according to their occupational status and gender-role orientation. Independent variables included the marital processes of flexibility, cohesion, and communication (Olson, 1991); dependent variables included marital quality and marital stability. Pearson Product Moment Correlations indicated that in the marriages of nontraditional women, greater emotional closeness and spousal interaction were associated with higher levels of marital quality across time. Some indicators of flexibility were associated with marital quality and marital stability for nontraditional women early in the course of the study. Positive communication patterns were related most consistently to marital outcomes across time for these women.

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Language: English
Date: 1996
Marriage $z United States $v Longitudinal studies
Married women $z United States

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