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ERIC Number: ED140159
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1976-Oct
Pages: 17
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Reference Count: 0
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Engaged Couples' Reactions to a Marriage Contract.
Fisher, C. Daniel
This article describes the reactions of a small sample of college students from a Northeastern, private nonsectarian university to a marriage contract that was designed by a couple on this campus. The major reasons for writing the contract included apprehension about the pre-marital socialization system in our society, concerns regarding marital role agreements, and as an alternative to the present marriage arrangement. Reactions can be summarized as being generally negative in that most couples interviewed felt it was too inflexible, and detrimental to the future success of the marriage by discussing, in advance, the possibility of termination. However, the major positive reaction was that all of the couples felt that it would be a very worthwhile idea for couples who were seriously considering marriage to be exposed to the contract for reasons of clarification of role expectations, marital obligations, financial expectations, etc. This point was reenforced by a divorcee who felt that such an exposure would have made a significant impact on his earlier marriage; quite likely he would not have married. (Author)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Conference of the National Council on Family Relations (New York, N.Y. October 1976)