ERIC Number: ED174897
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-Mar-29
Reference Count: 0
Marital Adjustment Correlates in Young Couples.
Haskell, Samuel D.
The Locke-Wallace Marital Adjustment Scale was administered to 35 Caucasian, Protestant couples who were married an average of nine years, largely middle class, and lived in Knoxville, Tennessee. Significant correlates of marital adjustment were organized into groups of similar variables. Correlate groups that were the same for the husband and wife included: (1) the couple is emotionally secure (both low in anxiety); (2) the husband is emotionally expressive and the wife is emotionally receptive; (3) the wife is not working and seems to enjoy her housewife status; (4) the husband and wife are religious and somewhat traditional in values, with the wife somewhat quiet and conventional. In addition, the husband's higher socioeconomic status seems to make the wife feel more economically secure and the husband's marital adjustment is positively affected by higher job satisfaction and feelings of future economic security. Sexual intercourse frequency seems to be positively related to the number of siblings the husband and wife had and their continued need for high rates of interaction, and the degree of husband dominance. Results suggest that traditional values concerning sex roles, a high husband's socioeconomic status, emotional expressiveness by a husband, and high couple emotional security all contribute to a couple's marital adjustment. (Author)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
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Identifiers: Locke Wallace Marital Adjustment Scale
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Convention of the Southeastern Psychological Association (25th, New Orleans, Louisiana, March 28-31, 1979)