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Age at Marriage, Role Enactment, Role Consensus, and Marital Satisfaction
Stephen J. Bahr, C. Bradford Chappell and Geoffrey K. Leigh
Journal of Marriage and Family
Vol. 45, No. 4 (Nov., 1983), pp. 795-803
Published by: National Council on Family Relations
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/351792
Page Count: 9
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A sample of 704 couples was used to test a model in which quality of self role enactment, quality of spouse role enactment, and role consensus were intervening variables between age at marriage and marital satisfaction. The following were the major findings: (a) age at marriage was not related to self role enactment, spouse role enactment, role consensus, or marital satisfaction; (b) quality of self role enactment had a small relationship with marital satisfaction, net of the other variables; (c) quality of spouse role enactment had a positive association with marital satisfaction; and (d) role consensus had a strong, positive association with marital satisfaction. Role consensus and quality of spouse role enactment explained 44% and 35% of the variance in the marital satisfaction of wives and husbands, respectively.
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