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ERIC Number: ED225450
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1982
Pages: 6
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Stresses Associated with a Major Life Transition.
Namir, Sheila
Stresses experienced by eight married couples when the husband is entering graduate school (Couples in Transition Project) were compared to stresses felt by eight couples who recently gave birth to their first child (Becoming a Family Project). Both projects were based at the University of California, Berkeley. In addition, eight couples who were neither having a baby nor going through the transition to graduate school were tested. An adaptation of the Holmes and Rahe Social Readjustment Rating Scale (1967) was used to measure presumptive life stress. Fifty-seven items were clustered within eight domains: the relationship with one's partner and events concerning friendship, finances, home (including relocation items), jobs, schooling, extended family, and other important events. Women in all three groups reported more life stress events than men. The graduate student couples experienced significantly more life stress events than the other two groups of couples, who did not differ significantly from each other. Arguments with partners were reported more often by the graduate school couples than by the other couples, and events concerning finances were also more frequently cited by the graduate school couples. As expected, events concerning moving, schooling, and major changes in living conditions, contributed to the stress scores for the graduate student couples. (SW)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Language: English
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