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Titre du document / Document title

What's love got to do with it? Equality, equity, commitment and women's marital quality = Egalité, équité, engagement et qualité de la vie maritale des femmes

Auteur(s) / Author(s)

WILCOX W. Bradford (1) ; NOCK Steven L. (1) ;

Affiliation(s) du ou des auteurs / Author(s) Affiliation(s)

(1) University of Virginia, ETATS-UNIS

Résumé / Abstract

The companionate theory of marriage suggests that egalitarianism in practice and belief leads to higher marital quality for wives and higher levels of positive emotion work on the part of husbands. Our analysis of women's marital quality and men's marital emotion work provides little evidence in support of this theory. Rather, in examining women's marital quality and men's emotional investments in marriage, we find that dyadic commitment to institutional ideals about marriage and women's contentment with the division of household tasks are more critical. We also show that men's marital emotion work is a very important determinant of women's marital quality. We conclude by noting that "her" marriage is happiest when it combines elements of the new and old: that is, gender equity and normative commitment to the institution of marriage.

Revue / Journal Title

Social forces    ISSN  0037-7732 

Source / Source

2006, vol. 84, no3, pp. 1321-1345 [25 page(s) (article)] (2 p.1/2)

Langue / Language


Editeur / Publisher

University of North Carolina Press, Chapel Hill, NC, ETATS-UNIS  (1925) (Revue)

Mots-clés anglais / English Keywords



Multivariate Analysis






Quality of Life


Mots-clés français / French Keywords



Analyse multivariée






Qualité de la vie


Localisation / Location

INIST-CNRS, Cote INIST : 22310, 35400015329973.0010

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