ERIC Number: ED236747
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Nov
Reference Count: 0
Communication and the Dual-Career Couple: A Literature Assessment.
Baer, Diane; Spicer, Christopher H.
To assess the role of communication in scholarly research and writing about dual careers, a review was made of 89 articles on dual careers that were listed in the bibliographic source, "The Inventory of Marriage and Family Literature," Volumes V-IX. Articles were assessed on three dimensions. First, every article was categorized as addressing dilemmas involving social norms, role identity, social relationships, role cycle and/or overload. Second, the type of variable selected for study was identified. Third, the degree to which the variables reflected a concern for a communication-as-process approach to the dilemmas faced by dual-career couples was evaluated. Results of the classification showed that 15 articles examined social norm dilemmas, 30 examined role identity, 1 examined social relationships, 21 examined role cycle, 5 looked at overload, and 17 studied dilemmas that could not be categorized. Assessment of the articles' communication focus indicated that only 1 of the 89 articles empirically examined the ways in which a couple talked with one another during the decision making process, and only 2 articles investigated how members of a dual-career couple perceived their communication. While a number of articles mentioned communication, they did not empirically focus on the process of communication. These results suggest that researchers have emphasized the products of communication between partners and neglected the means by which decisions were reached. (A chart of the articles arranged according to dilemma category is appended.) (HOD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers; Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Speech Communication Association (Washington, DC, November 10-13, 1983).