Urban Families: Conjugal Roles and Social Networks

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The paper concentrates on the problem of "how to interpret the variations that were found to occur in the way husbands and wives performed their conjugal role." 20 families were studied; there were from 8-19 home interviews with both parents covering many aspects of their home and social life; subsequently, 15 of the 20 pairs of mates were investigated "clinically" at Tavistock by interview and TAT; finally, a sociological field worker brought the investigation to a close by a home visit. The degree of role specificity or segregation was related to the degree to which the family had a highly connected network or system of extra-household relations.

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  • Elizabeth Bott

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