ERIC Number: ED294129
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1986-May
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Marital Problems of Rural/Small City Working Wives: A Study of the Nature and Severity of Marital Problems.
LeFlore, Larry; Lockhart, Lettie L.
An exploratory investigation was conducted to examine the nature and severity of marital problems as perceived by 211 employed married women in a small southern city, and the use of formal and informal social support systems in dealing with these problems. Responses to questionnaires exploring these issues were analyzed, revealing that problems related to communication were experienced by 59% of the wives, money related problems were experienced by 41%, household management problems were experienced by 40.8%, sex related problems were experienced by 36.5%, and relative/in-law related problems were experienced by 33.3% of respondents. The problems that were reported as being most serious were those related to alcohol, miscellaneous issues such as activities of husbands, and sexual matters. While 75% of respondents who reported experiencing sexual problems did not discuss them with anyone, at least 50% of respondents reported discussing problems related to alcohol, children, relatives, money, communication, and household management when they were experienced. Formal social support systems were used infrequently by respondents. (Author)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual National Association of Social Workers National Conference on Women's Issues (Atlanta, GA, May 28-31, 1986).