ERIC Number: ED345193
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Apr
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Confusion in Decision-Making Roles, Argument Level, and Self-Esteem within Marital Dyads.
Jernigan, Nathan Scott; Heritage, Jeannette
Many researchers have attempted to assess power in marital dyads. Specifically, the question of which spouse carries the most power has been frequently examined. Confusion between spouses in decision-making roles, number of marital arguments, and self-esteem of spouses were examined in this study. Data were gathered from 31 married couples from churches and 2 college classes. Confusion level and argument information were determined with a take-home survey given to both spouses who were instructed to complete them independently of each other. Confusion level was computed by the differences in spousal responses to questions of marital decision-making. A regression equation was used and a statistically significant positive correlation was found between confusion level and number of marital arguments. Analysis revealed no significant effect for self-esteem of husbands on argument frequency; however, a statistically significant negative correlation was found for argument frequency and self-esteem of wives. A stepwise regression analysis including all variables for husbands and wives combined revealed that confusion level and self-esteem were useful in predicting the frequency of marital arguments. Gender was not found to be a useful predictor. (Author/ABL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Identifiers: Argumentativeness; Confusion
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Convention of the Southwestern Psychological Association (37th, New Orleans, LA, April 11-13, 1991).