Publisher description for Marital equality : its relationship to the well-being of husbands and wives / Janice M. Steil.


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In groundbreaking research conducted in the 1970s on the relationship between gender, marital status, and well-being, Jessie Bernard introduced a concept of the "his" and "her" marriage and concluded that his was better that hers. Although, in theory, equality between husband and wife is recognized as a benefit to the overall well-being of a family, the 1990s findings of Janice M. Steil indicate that the advantage remains with "his." Engaging and accessible, Marital Equality traces decades of empirical research that has raised as many questions as it has answered. While womenĂs roles have expanded at an astonishing rate and the need for a more egalitarian style of relating seems critical, the vast majority of married women still bear a disproportionate responsibility for the work of relationships, home and children. Why has there been so little change? Why is equality so difficult to achieve? Women have historically borne the burden of initiating and enforcing change although, ironically, this conflicts with their traditional role as nurturer and tender of relationships. Steil maintains that any motivation to seek change stems from a sense that inequality is unfair¨a perception often impeded by gender differences in the sense of entitlement. Academics, researchers, and students in the fields of close relationships, psychology, communication, family studies, and sociology will find the cutting-edge presentation of Marital Equality both fascinating and enlightening. Change is costly and not without risk. The opportunity, however, to enjoy more intimacy in relationships is the reward and certainly benefits both marriages--"his" and "hers."


Library of Congress subject headings for this publication:
Marriage -- United States -- Psychological aspects.
Married people -- United States -- Psychology.
Equality -- United States -- Psychological aspects.
Sex differences (Psychology) -- United States.
Sex role -- United States.