Gender roles and relationship satisfaction in heterosexual and homosexual couples
AuthorTreinen, Julie Rose, 1965-
KeywordsEducation, Guidance and Counseling.
Education, Educational Psychology.
Sociology, Individual and Family Studies.
AdvisorChristensen, O. C.
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PublisherThe University of Arizona.
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AbstractThis study was designed to investigate the relationship between gender role attitudes and marital satisfaction. Heterosexual and homosexual couples were investigated. To measure gender role attitudes the Bem Sex Role Inventory (BSRI) was employed. Marital satisfaction was measured by the Inventory of Marital Satisfaction (IMS). Twenty three couples participated in the study. Both partners in each couple completed the BSRI and the IMS. Findings indicate that androgynous individuals report lower degree of marital problems than sex-typed individuals. The results also indicate that couples in which both partners are classified as androgynous report the least amount of marital difficulties. Couples comprised of a masculine and an androgynous partner report the highest degree of marital problems. Finally, couples who are made up of masculine and feminine partners report a degree of problems that falls between the other two groups.