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ERIC Number: EJ778521
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 29
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 64
ISSN: ISSN-0192-513X
Does Status Inconsistency Matter for Marital Quality?
Gong, Min
Journal of Family Issues, v28 n12 p1582-1610 2007
This study tests status inconsistency theory by examining the associations between wives' and husbands' relative statuses--that is, earnings, work-time, occupational, and educational inconsistencies--and marital quality and global happiness. The author asks three questions: (a) Is status inconsistency associated with marital quality and overall happiness? (b) Do those who hold traditional or egalitarian gender ideologies react differently to status inconsistency? (c) Are these patterns replicable across three data sets, gathered at different points in time? Data are from the Marital Instability Over the Life Course Survey (1980), the National Survey of Families and Households (1987-1988), and the General Social Survey (1996). With only one exception, status inconsistency is not associated with marital quality or global happiness, even among those who hold the most traditional gender ideologies. (Contains 4 tables and 10 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: General Social Survey; National Survey of Families and Households