Examining marital power through intergenerational lenses

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Title: Examining marital power through intergenerational lenses
Author: Winn, Krista I
Abstract: As of yet , no research has utilized family therapy intergenerational theory to investigate marital power by probing into partner's perceptions that reflect their beginnings—family -of -origin . The purpose of this study was to use a family therapy perspective to study marital power . Self -administered surveys were completed by employees (ii=436 ) of Texas Tech University in order to determine the relationship between key family -of -origin variables and marital interaction styles that reflect power equality /inequality . On the whole , the results revealed support for the hypotheses indicating that individuals who reported power equality in their marriages also reported higher scores on family -of -origin measures than those individuals who reported power inequality . In addition , those individuals with higher scores on the family -of -origin measures reported more cognitive flexibility than individuals with lower scores on the family -of -origin measures . Overall , this study found significant associations between intergenerational dynamics and marital power dynamics . It also examined power in a way that incorporated more "microlevel" communication issues that are more central to women's concerns as opposed to solely utilizing traditional "macrolevel" power measures .
URI: http : / /hdl .handle .net /2346 /14015
Date: 1993-05


Examining marital power through intergenerational lenses. Doctoral dissertation, Texas Tech University. Available electronically from http : / /hdl .handle .net /2346 /14015 .

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