ERIC Number: ED223955
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Aug
Reference Count: 0
Determinants of Marital Quality in Dual Career Couples.
Thomas, Sandra; And Others
Dual career families were exceptions to the norm in the 1960's but have steadily increased in prevalence. Dual career professional couples (N=34) were studied to assess the determinants of marital quality and stability in their relationships. Results revealed that couples in high quality marriages reported satisfaction with all aspects of relationship intimacy, had congruent perceptions that the husband's career was pre-eminent and that the wife's career course was more erratic, and had husbands who were supportive of the wife's career. Egalitarian role sharing, similar careers, and older children were also characteristic. Couples in low quality marriages reported dissatisfaction with relationship intimacy, especially emotional intimacy; this was true most acutely for wives. Children were younger and there was more stress due to childcare, household tasks, and husbands' lack of support for the wives' careers. The findings suggest that a crucial factor for marital quality is spousal consensus on the philosophical/value issues which underlie more overt conflicts about childcare or household management tasks. (JAC)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Marital Satisfaction
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association (90th, Washington, DC, August 23-27, 1982).