ERIC Number: ED210583
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Aug-24
Reference Count: 0
Dominance of Spouse Orientation and Perceived Couple Mutuality.
Thomas, Antoinette D.; Dudek, Stephanie Z.
Interactions between husbands and wives are often assessed in terms of power distribution, based on decision-making outcomes. To examine the association of the dominance of "spouse" over "parents" and "peers" orientation with perceived behavioral and affective mutuality in the couple's financial management, couples (N=30) were randomly chosen from a list of couples meeting certain criteria found to affect conjugal power distribution. Subjects completed the Thematic Apperception Test (TAT), the Inventory of Family Feelings (IFF), and the Dyadic Adjustment Scale, devised behavioral and affective scales of financial management. Correlations between perceived high mutuality in the couple's financial management and dominance of "spouse" over "parents" orientation was significant on the TAT but not on the IFF; "peers" orientation was significant on both scales. The results suggest that a personality attribute may be considered as one of the bases of conjugal power structure. Additionally, the level of maturity in interpersonal relations may determine if a partner would "want" to have more power or if he or she would rather do things jointly with his/her partner, no matter what resources exist. (Author/KMF)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Dominant Behavior
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association (89th, Los Angeles, CA, August 24-26, 1981).