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Status Relationships in Dual-Employment Marriages: Consequences for Psychological Well-Being

Carlton A. Hornung and B. Claire McCullough
Journal of Marriage and Family
Vol. 43, No. 1 (Feb., 1981), pp. 125-141
DOI: 10.2307/351423
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/351423
Page Count: 17
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Status Relationships in Dual-Employment Marriages: Consequences for Psychological Well-Being
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Abstract

The research reported here examines the consequences of inconsistency between the individual's statuses and between his or her spouse's statuses, as well as incompatibilities between husbands' and wives' educational and occupational status. Measures of generalized life dissatisfaction and dissatisfaction with marriage are the outcome variables examined. The data were collected as part of the 1973 and 1974 General Social Surveys conducted by the National Opinion Research Center. To further clarify the relationships, the analysis was performed separately for men and women while controlling for achievement orientation. The results show status inconsistency and incompatibility to be important variables for explaining life and marital dissatisfaction. Furthermore, the consequences of status inconsistency and incompatibility differ for men and women and are conditional on the individual's achievement orientation.

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