ERIC Number: EJ723053
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Dec
Reference Count: 40
For Women, Breadwinning Can Be Dangerous: Gendered Resource Theory and Wife Abuse
Atkinson, Maxine P.; Greenstein, Theodore N.; Lang, Molly Monahan
Journal of Marriage and Family, v67 n5 p1137-1148 Dec 2005
To explain wife abuse, we offer a refinement of relative resource theory, gendered resource theory, which argues that the effect of relative resources is contingent upon husbands gender ideologies. We use data from the first wave of the National Survey of Families and Households (N = 4,296) to test three theories of wife abuse. Resource theory receives no support. Relative resource theory receives limited support. Gendered resource theory receives strong support. Wives share of relative incomes is positively related to likelihood of abuse only for traditional husbands. The findings suggest that both cultural and structural forces must be considered to understand marriage as a context for social interactions in which we create our gendered selves.
Descriptors: Spouses, Family Violence, Family (Sociological Unit), National Surveys, Interpersonal Relationship, Gender Issues, Employed Women, Cultural Influences
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
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Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: National Survey of Families and Households