ERIC Number: ED335621
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Feb-8
Reference Count: N/A
Thirtysomething Years of Marriage: Understanding Experiences of Women and Men in Enduring Family Relationships.
Huyck, Margaret Hellie
The family has been identified as one of the primary potential support systems, with marriage as the key relationship within the family system. Multi-generational research has pointed out the central importance of the middle generation in maintaining the complex family system functioning. This study was designed to enhance understanding of middle-aged women and men who have managed to sustain marriages over a long portion of adulthood. Subjects included 131 wives and 107 of their husbands, married an average of 32 years with an average of 4.4 children from an almost entirely white suburban community. Data were gathered through personal interviews and questionnaires on personality, psychosomatic symptoms, alcohol and drug use, and age norm expectations. The analyses examined: (1) patterns of self-rated marital satisfaction for women and men and their correlates; (2) five patterns of Marital Politics were identified for women and nine for men, patterns which were rooted firmly in the gender-specific experiences of the respondents; (3) correlates of styles of Marital Politics; and (4) congruence in Marital Politics styles for couples. These analyses indicated wives showed somewhat lower satisfaction than husbands; social status measures were minimally related to styles of Marital Politics; and there was some congruence but also substantial variability in the ways partners responded to each other. (ABL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Mental Health (DHHS), Bethesda, MD.
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Stability (Personal)
Note: Paper presented at the International Conference on Gender and the Family presented by the Women's Research Institute of Brigham Young University and the Utah Governor's Commission for Women and Families (Provo, UT, February 7-10, 1991).