ERIC Number: ED182644
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-Aug
Reference Count: 0
Power Modes in Marital Interaction.
Foss, Joyce E.
Power modes in marital interactions were investigated in a laboratory observation study at the University of New Hampshire in 1975. Married couples (N=78) were the subjects in this study, whose focus was on the power modes (types of power assertion) used by the partners, shifting attention from the much-considered distribution of power in marriage to the question of how husbands and wives go about attempting to influence one another. A new system for coding marital interaction, the Marital Power Assertion Coding System (MPACS) was developed for this purpose, containing three broad divisions each with several sub-categories: (1) unqualified, direct power modes; (2) qualified, indirect power modes; and (3) bilateral power modes. Differences between the two groups in types of power assertions used were found to be generally consistent with findings in previous research on sex differences in communication as well as research efforts conducted after 1975. (Author/HLM)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Mental Health (DHEW), Rockville, MD.
Authoring Institution: Sangamon State Univ., Springfield, IL.; New Hampshire Univ., Durham.
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the National Council on Family Relations (Boston, MA, August 14-18, 1979); Not available in paper copy due to marginal legibility