The differences in role division between partners in long-term marriages and their well-being

  • Pnina R
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Abstract

The study aims were to examine the relationships of 128 elderly couples married longer than 45 years and the role division between the partners, including a comparison of their perceptions of the first 3 years of their marriage with today. The research hypotheses were (a) there will bea change in the couple's perceptions about the traditional roles at the time of their marriage as opposed to today, and (b) men and women who recognize a change in traditional role division will experience better mental well-being than those who do not. The results showed a change in the couple'sperceptions about traditional role division during the years of marriage. It was also found that these changes showed a positive correlation to the couple's mental well-being in those couples who recognized the changes. (Journal abstract)

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  • Gender role orientation
  • Long-term marriage
  • Role perceptions
  • Traditional role division

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  • Ron Pnina

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