ERIC Number: ED223932
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Women's and Men's Marriages: Marital Satisfaction, Perceived Control, and Attitudes toward Women.
Madden, Margaret E.
Previous research on marriage indicates that perceptions of control are important to marital satisfaction. To investigate the relationship between attributions of personal control and other variables in marriage, e.g., measures of satisfaction, decision making, and task performance, and attributions of control over decisions and tasks, and to analyze the association between perceived control and power in marriage, married couples (N=37) completed a marital satisfaction scale and a measure of gender role attitude. Results showed gender differences in variables related to marital satisfaction. For both sexes perceived control over activities was the only variable correlated with marital satisfaction, and it was more highly correlated for women. Regression analyses showed that for women, perceived control over decisions and frequency of activity performance predicted activity control; for men, perceptions of spouse's control and personal decision control were related to activity control. Women were more concerned about whether they could choose to do tasks and they do them more, but they didn't feel they got power from task performance. Findings suggest that control over activities is important to marital satisfaction and plays a more important role for women than for men, and that a major issue in marriage today is the division of labor. (PAS)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Marital Satisfaction
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Eastern Psychological Association (53rd, Baltimore, MD, April 15-18, 1982).