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Dual-Career Couples Who Live Apart: Two Types
Harriet Engel Gross
Journal of Marriage and Family
Vol. 42, No. 3 (Aug., 1980), pp. 567-576
Published by: National Council on Family Relations
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/351900
Page Count: 10
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Increasingly, over the last decade, dual-career couples have met the mobility demands of each spouse's career by deciding to maintain separate residences. This study analyzes the rewards and strains associated with the lifestyle of dual-career couples who live apart. Analysis of interviews with 43 spouses, representing 28 marriages, suggests that the heritage of traditional marriage norms affects spouses' views of their own roles in these nontraditional marriages. A distinction between two types (mainly younger "adjusting" and older "established" couples) is helpful in sorting out ways in which traditional marital norms frame evaluations of spousal roles in these relationships.
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