Master of Arts (MA)
First Committee Member
Number of Pages
Seventy-two married couples were categorized into husband-dominant, wife-dominant, and egalitarian groups based on each spouse's report of perceived level of influence relative to their partner. The mean levels of marital adjustment and marital violence were compared among the three groups. The hypotheses proposed that the power balance groups would differ in their reports of marital adjustment, marital violence, and marital stability. Questionnaires measured marital adjustment, levels of marital violence, and demographics. A follow-up was conducted in order to assess their marital stability. No hypotheses were confirmed. However results indicated that when wives reported themselves as dominant, they reported higher levels of marital violence than when they reported their husbands as dominant.
Adjustment; Balance; Marital; Power; Relationship; Violence
Clinical psychology; Social psychology; Social psychology; Criminology
University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Franklin, Melissa Ann, "Balance of power, adjustment, and violence within marital relationships" (1998). UNLV Retrospective Theses & Dissertations. 901.