Alternative Lifestyles

, Volume 1, Issue 4, pp 513–525 | Cite as

Two-location families

Married singles
  • Betty Frankle Kirschner
  • Laurel Richardson Walum


In a study of two-location families, we have seen that this lifestyle is not historically atypical. Male-determined two-location families have been established for economic and other reasons. The women-determined two-location family seems to be a relatively new pattern. We suggest that the Women's Movement has helped create a situation where it is possible for women to get more support than men for women-determined two-location families. The sustaining of intimacy in such marriages becomes problematic. Stress may be minimized when there is high career motivation in both parties, acceptance of the wife's career motivation by the husband, high incomes, geographical propinquity, and a long-term marital relationship.


Social Policy High Income Social Issue Geographical Propinquity Marital Relationship 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Betty Frankle Kirschner
    • 1
  • Laurel Richardson Walum
    • 2
  1. 1.Kent State UniversityUSA
  2. 2.Ohio State UniversityUSA

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