Award Date


Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)



First Committee Member

Lori Temple

Number of Pages



This study examines household organization and the perceived level of marital well-being by focusing on the married couple as the unit of analysis. The amount of time that both spouses are involved in the work force and participate in household labor is investigated through reports from both the husband and wife, as are the measures of marital satisfaction; Fifty-eight husbands and wives completed a series of questionnaires and psychological scales that assessed demographic information, sex-role orientation, sex-role congruence, marital satisfaction, and household task performance. The findings of this investigation support earlier contentions of the importance of focusing on sex-role attitude congruency as a critical variable in marital research; The results of this study indicate that couples of the Modern Wife/Traditional Husband type have greater levels of marital dysfunction than couples of the opposite incongruent configuration. Additionally, Traditional/Traditional couples are represented in the data as more husband dominated in the family decision-making process than families of the Modern/Modern type. (Abstract shortened with permission of author.).


Congruence; Division; Household Labor; Marital Role; Satisfaction; Sex

Controlled Subject

Ethnology; Social psychology

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Degree Grantor

University of Nevada, Las Vegas




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