Group Title: quantity and quality of marital interaction related to marital satisfaction
Title: The Quantity and quality of marital interaction related to marital satisfaction
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Title: The Quantity and quality of marital interaction related to marital satisfaction : a behavioral analysis
Physical Description: x, 187 leaves : ; 28 cm.
Language: English
Creator: Williams, Ann Marie, 1948- ( Dissertant )
Schumacher, Audrey S. ( Thesis advisor )
Goldstein, Mark K. ( Thesis advisor )
McCaulley, Mary H. ( Reviewer )
Epting, Franz R. ( Reviewer )
Meyer, Merle E. ( Reviewer )
Berardo, Felix M. ( Reviewer )
Publisher: University of Florida
Place of Publication: Gainesville, Fla.
Publication Date: 1977
Copyright Date: 1977
Subjects / Keywords: Marital psychotherapy   ( lcsh )
Interpersonal relations   ( lcsh )
Psychology thesis Ph. D   ( lcsh )
Dissertations, Academic -- Psychology -- UF   ( lcsh )
Genre: bibliography   ( marcgt )
non-fiction   ( marcgt )
Abstract: An investigation was done of the quantity and quality of time spent in husband-wife interaction by two groups of ten couples, one group from the general population of "happily married" couples and one group of distressed couples undertaking marital therapy. The study was limited to couples in their twenties, who had been married between one and six years. Five of the ten couples in each group had children. Each spouse recorded amount and perceived quality of time spent together on the Marital Satisfaction Time Line for 14 consecutive days. Initial marital adjustment, communication, and social desirability response bias questionnaires were repeated immediately upon completion of the 14-day recording period to investigate potential reactivity of the self- and spouse-monitoring procedure. Participants were also queried as to their subjective reactions to the procedure and its beneficial/detrimental effects of their marriages. The two groups were significantly different in the end-of-day ratings of marital happiness of both husband and wife. Highly significant differences were also found between the two groups in husband-wife agreement on rating of the quality of ongoing marital interaction, although there were no significant differences in agreement between husband and wife on the quantity of time they had spent together. The idiosyncratic patterns of husband-wife interaction are described for each couple based on self- and spouse-monitoring of pleasant, neutral, and unpleasant behaviors, as well as daily and weekly interaction schedules and sequences. Dysfunctional patterns involving both "too much" and "too little" marital interaction time are described and discussed. It is proposed that simultaneous husband-wife monitoring of the duration, content, and quality of daily interaction sequences is a useful evaluative procedure for identifying the behavioral strengths and deficiencies of a particular marital relationship and may be valuable for studying the routine but essential day-to-day workings of marriages in general.
Thesis: Thesis--University of Florida.
Bibliography: Bibliography: leaves 156-158.
Statement of Responsibility: by Ann Marie Williams.
General Note: Typescript.
General Note: Vita.
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Bibliographic ID: UF00098664
Volume ID: VID00001
Source Institution: University of Florida
Holding Location: University of Florida
Rights Management: All rights reserved by the source institution and holding location.
Resource Identifier: alephbibnum - 000187047
oclc - 03392889
notis - AAV3645


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