Title page for ETD etd-10142005-135740

Type of Document Dissertation
Author Geasler, Margie J. Swindlehurst
URN etd-10142005-135740
Title Marital equity among dual-career couples : a longitudinal perspective
Degree PhD
Department Family and Child Development
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Bird, Gloria W. Committee Chair
Hutchins, David E. Committee Member
Protinsky, Howard O. Jr. Committee Member
Rogers, Cosby Steele Committee Member
Sporakowski, Michael J. Committee Member
  • Division of labor Longitudinal studies.
  • Dual-career families United States Longitudinal st
  • Married people Employment United States Longitudin
  • Work and family United States Longitudinal studies
Date of Defense 1990-08-05
Availability restricted

Longitudinal data from 113 dual-career couples are used to explore the relationship between perceptions of marital equity and well-being and distress in marital, professional, and parental roles, how perceptions of equity change over time, and to examine efforts to restore equity. Differences in well-being and distress in roles are identified by gender and equity group. study results indicate that for both spouses, perceptions of inequity are associated with lower marital well-being and higher marital distress; however, under benefited wives reported higher professional well-being and under benefited husbands reported higher parental well-being. Couple perceptions of equity decreased between 1986 and 1990; under benefited husbands were more likely to use threats and bargaining to negotiate for relationship changes while wives sought counseling. Results demonstrate the importance of using multiple measures of well-being and distress and including gender and equity type in investigations of marital equity.

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