ERIC Number: ED099749
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1974-Aug
Reference Count: 0
Husband-Wife Helping Relationships: The Mental Hygiene Function in Marriage.
Burke, Ronald J.; Weir, Tamara
This study focuses on the process which goes on between husbands and wives in helping one another deal with problems and tensions. The husband-wife helping process is envisioned as a moderator of the relationship between the experiencing of pressures and strains in life and work situations and reports of personal satisfaction and well-being. Questionnaires were sent to 189 married husband-wife pairs. Some of the findings indicated that wives generally set the stage for the discussion, alleviation and resolution of anxieties and tensions arising for either partner. Couples who were older and married longer revealed a diminished level of mutual helping activity, a decrease in communication about problems and tensions, and greater criticism of each other's functioning as a helper. The introduction of children into the family appeared to offer diminishing returns to the husband-wife helping relationship emerged as a very significant factor influencing the quality of life of the marital partners. Suggestions for further research are presented. (Author/PC)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Canada Council, Ottawa (Ontario).; Imperial Oil Co. Ltd., Toronto (Ontario).; Ford Foundation, New York, NY.
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the American Psychological Association Convention (82nd, New Orleans, Louisiana, August 1974)