MOVING BEYOND GENDER: PROCESSES THAT CREATE RELATIONSHIP EQUALITY

Equality is related to relationship success, yet few couples achieve it. In this qualitative study, we examine how couples with children in two time cohorts (1982 and 2001) moved toward equality. The analysis identifies three types of couples: Postgender, gender legacy, and traditional. Movement tow...

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Published in:Journal of marital and family therapy, Vol. 31, No. 2 (2005), p. 0
Main Author: Knudson-Martin, Carmen (Author)
Other Involved Persons: Mahoney, Anne Rankin
Format: electronic Article
Published: Oxford, UK : Blackwell Publishing Ltd 2005
ISSN:1752-0606
Physical Description:Online-Ressource
DOI:10.1111/j.1752-0606.2005.tb01557.x
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  • Equality is related to relationship success, yet few couples achieve it. In this qualitative study, we examine how couples with children in two time cohorts (1982 and 2001) moved toward equality. The analysis identifies three types of couples: Postgender, gender legacy, and traditional. Movement toward equality is facilitated by: (a) Stimulus for change, including awareness of gender, commitment to family and work, and situational pressures; and (b) patterns that promote change, including active negotiation, challenges to gender entitlement, development of new competencies, and mutual attention to relationship and family tasks. Implications for practice are discussed.