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Gendered conflict, identity disruption, and marital instability: Expanding Gottman's model.

Author: Pasley,-Kay; Kerpelman,-Jennifer; Guilbert,-Douglas-E
Author Background:
Date 2/2001
Type Journal
Journal Title: Journal-of-Social-and-Personal-Relationships
Volume/Pages Vol 18(1): 5-27
Subject Matter Marital Conflict; Models; Sex Roles, Gender
Abstract Proposes a mid-range conceptual model integrating 3 somewhat disparate areas of research to provide an understanding of key factors that lead to marital instability. These areas are the influence of gender on marital instability, the negativity and distancing behaviors in marriage, and identity theory. The authors develop and discuss a model that posits that incongruencies between spouses in gender beliefs, expectations, and behaviors affect marital instability through negative marital interactions, causing identity disruption and resulting in distancing, marital instability, and, in some cases, divorce. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2000 APA, all rights reserved)