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ERIC Number: EJ890713
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Jun
Pages: 19
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 66
ISSN: ISSN-0190-2725
Identity Verification, Control, and Aggression in Marriage
Stets, Jan E.; Burke, Peter J.
Social Psychology Quarterly, v68 n2 p160-178 Jun 2005
In this research we study the identity verification process and its effects in marriage. Drawing on identity control theory, we hypothesize that a lack of verification in the spouse identity (1) threatens stable self-meanings and interaction patterns between spouses, and (2) challenges a (nonverified) spouse's perception of control over the environment. In response to both of these circumstances, spouses increase control over their partners to counteract disturbances to self-in-situation meanings and to regain the perception of control over their environment. When increased control over the partner does not reaffirm one's identity or restore the perception of control, one may use aggression to gain control. Analysis of data from newly married couples over the first two years of marriage provides results that are consistent with this thesis. In general, we see how the lack of identity verification is tied to the control process, leads to dysfunctional interaction patterns in marriage, and more broadly threatens a stable social structure. (Contains 1 figure, 4 tables, and 9 footnotes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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