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ERIC Number: ED141684
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1976-Oct
Reference Count: 0
The Home as a Sex-Typed Environment: Implications for Marital Conflict.
Melson, Gail F.
Evidence for sex-typed perception and use of the housing environment is presented in several studies, and implications of such sex-typing for family conflict behavior are discussed. In the first study, conducted with 200 female undergraduates, it was found that sex-typed perception of within-home spaces was related to sex-typed use of personal space on a project measure. In the second study, perception of within home sex-typed spaces was confirmed in questionnaire responses of 26 married student families living in comparable housing. In addition, husbands and wives individually completed conflict resolution stories using a housing model designed for the study. Those who reported use of sex-typed spaces for privacy were more likely to complete conflict stories with withdrawal themes. Implications for the effects of microecology of the home on family interaction were discussed. (Author)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the National Council on Family Relations (October 19-23, 1976, New York, N.Y.)