Accession Number : AD0737328

Title :   Conjugal Power Structure: A Re-Examination.

Descriptive Note : Technical rept.,

Corporate Author : CALIFORNIA UNIV LOS ANGELES DEPT OF PSYCHOLOGY

Personal Author(s) : Centers,Richard ; Raven,Bertram H. ; Rodrigues,Aroldo D.

Report Date : 05 AUG 1969

Pagination or Media Count : 53

Abstract : A representative sample of 776 husbands and wives in the Los Angeles area were interviewed regarding relative power of husbands and wives in various decision areas, following the basic procedures utilized by Blood and Wolfe in their 1959 study of wives only in Detroit. Essentially, the results paralleled those obtained by Blood and Wolfe, extending their findings to responses from husbands and in a different area. Husband power was greatest among oriental couples and least among Negro couples; it decreases with age, with length of marriage, and is less where a second marriage is involved; husband power increases with occupational status and educational level. The current study questions the effects of sampling of conjugal decision areas. With a somewhat more representative sampling of decisions, the distribution of power changes dramatically. Husband dominant families tend to show high authoritarianism scores for both husbands and wives. Least marital satisfaction is associated with wife dominance. (Author)

Descriptors :   (*LEADERSHIP, *MALES), (*FEMALES, LEADERSHIP), HUMANS, DECISION MAKING, SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGY

Subject Categories : Psychology

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE