Marital satisfaction as a function of dyadic gender-role constellations

  • Juni S
  • Grimm D
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Abstract

Describes existing relationships between gender role couple constellations and their marital satisfaction. 48 married couples completed the Marital Satisfaction Inventory and the short form of the Bem Sex-Role Inventory which categorized the couples as androgynous, gender role congruent or incongruent, or undifferentiated. No differences in marital satisfaction existed between gender role congruent and incongruent couples, while the undifferentiated couples appeared to be more disposed toward marital dissatisfaction. Results also show that affective communication and time together suffer in gender role congruent couples, while androgyny of the marital unit leads to increased dissatisfaction among wives in terms of role orientation. Marital satisfaction of individuals is affected more by gender roles than by the gender role constellation of the marital dyad. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2007 APA

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  • Samuel Juni

  • Donald W. Grimm

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