A re-examination of the institutionalization of equalitarian marital role norms

UNCG Author/Contributor (non-UNCG co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
Becky Glass Neely (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
Web Site: http://library.uncg.edu/
Dennis K. Orthner

Abstract: It was the purpose of this study to replicate the research done by Dyer and Urban (1958) on the institutionalization of marital role norms, and to extend that research by more representative sampling and by using a contemporary theory to interpret the degree of equalitarianism in the husband-wife relationship. The sample was selected chiefly from church rolls and public engagement notices, and consisted of 233 married men and women, and 157 unmarried men and women. One hundred and sixty-six of the married respondents were Caucasian and 67 were Negro; of the unmarried respondents, 99 were Caucasian and 58 were Negro. The data were collected by means of a self-administered questionnaire which included items about family activities and decisions in six areas: recreation, general decision-making, traditionally male household tasks, traditionally female household tasks, finances, and child rearing. The married men and women answered with the proportion of responsibility they "actually" had in each area and the proportion they "desired" they had. The unmarried men and women answered with the proportion of responsibility they "expected."

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Language: English
Date: 1976

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