ERIC Number: ED258054
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1984-Oct
Reference Count: N/A
An Analysis of Communication Styles in Dual-Career Married Couples' Decision-Making Processes: Preliminary Results.
Kingsbury, Nancy M.
Decision-making in dual-career families is a salient issue due to the lack of societal norms for this type of family unit. A process-oriented model of joint decision making served as the basis for questionnaires and interviews used to study the predictive value of communication style on the outcomes of the decision making process in dual-career marriages. A sample of 51 dual-career couples (N=102) completed self-report questionnaires and a conjoint, tape-recorded interview. A process-power score for the couple was calculated by the response of each spouse to the other in conjunction with a score based on the saliency of the issue. The results indicated that wives used more acts of appeal than did husbands. Husband's use of appeal was the best predictor of subjective outcomes; the higher the acts of appeal, the more satisfactory were the subjective outcomes of decision making. Wive's use of rejecting acts was the second best predictor of subjective outcome; the higher the use of rejecting acts, the more resentful the subjective outcomes toward the decision making process for the couple. Wives who were much more nontraditional than husbands used more acts of appeal than wives where differences in self-role preferences were slight. These results suggest that communication styles influence the process of decision making and that acts of appeal and acts of rejection have the most influence. (NRB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Sponsor: Manitoba Univ., Winnipeg.
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Identifiers - Location: Canada