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ERIC Number: ED199580
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Sep
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Blame, Control, and Marital Satisfaction: Wives' Attributions for Conflict in Marriage.
Madden, Margaret E.; Janoff-Bulman, Ronnie
Socio-psychological research concerning the relationship between attributions and coping with negative events unrelated to marriage suggests two constructs, blame and perceived control, which may influence conflict resolution in marriage. Married women (N=32) were interviewed in an investigation of attributions of control and blame for marital conflict and satisfaction with marriage. Each respondent was asked to complete a marital satisfaction questionnaire and to discuss two standard conflict situations and two conflicts from her own marriage. Results indicated that blaming one's spouse for marital problems was negatively associated with marital satisfaction and perceived personal control over conflicts was positively associated with marital satisfaction. Using exploratory path analytic techniques, a model of marital satisfaction emerged in which the wife's satisfaction was found to be related to her perception of both husband's and wife's contributions. The husband's role was traced through husband blame to seriousness of the marital conflict, whereas the wife's own role was traced through the wife's control to the problem's resolvability. Thus, the wife perceived her husband as the one who determined how negative their marital problems were, while she perceived herself as the major force behind the more positive aspects of resolving and avoiding conflicts. (Author)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association (88th, Montreal, Quebec, Canada, September 1-5, 1980). Best copy available.