Perceived Marital Problems in Taiwan
- 325 Downloads
With the expansion of the practice of marriage and family therapy outside of the U.S. and Western Europe, it important to gain a better understanding of family interaction and processes in other cultures and countries. Several studies have examined the problems that couples experience in the United States, but little is understood about problems that couples in Asia experience. In this study, perceptions of relationship problems experienced by 213 married couples living in urban Taiwan were examined. Results indicated that raising children and communication were the two problems most frequently reported by both husbands and wives. Among eight relationship problem areas, the only gender difference was in the area of communication, with wives significantly more likely to report it as a problem. An examination of within-dyad agreement indicated that couples generally had high consensus regarding relationship problems. Implications of this research for culturally-sensitive MFT practice are discussed.
KeywordsMarital problems Gender differences Taiwan
- Bean, R. A., Barber, B. K., & Crane, D. R. (2006). Parental support, behavioral control, and psychological control among African American youth: The relationships to academic grades, delinquency and depression. Journal of Family Issues, 27(10), 1335–1355. doi: 10.1177/0192513X06289649.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
- Chen, H. M., & Lewis, D. C. (2011). Approaching the “resistant:” Exploring East Asian international students’ perceptions of therapy and help-seeking behavior before and after they arrived in the United States. Contemporary Family Therapy, 33(3), 310–333. doi: 10.1007/s10591-011-9154-6.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
- DGBAS. (2010). Directorate-General of Budget, Accounting and Statistics, R.O.C. (Taiwan). Retrieved from http://www.dgbas.gov.tw/ct.asp?xItem=31958&ctNode=3273&mp=1.
- Hwang, K. (1997). Guanxi and mientze: Conflict resolution in Chinese society. Intercultural Communication Studies, 7(1), 17–38.Google Scholar
- Minuchin, S. (1974). Families and family therapy. Oxford, England: Harvard University Press.Google Scholar
- Sue, D. W., & Sue, D. (2008). Counseling the culturally diverse: Theory and practice. New Jersey: Wiley.Google Scholar
- Thornton, A., & Lin, H. (1994). Social change and the family in Taiwan. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.Google Scholar
- Yi, C., & Yang, W. (1995). The perceived conflict and decision-making patterns among husbands and wives in Taiwan. In C. Yi (Ed.), Family formation and dissolution: Perspectives from East and West (pp. 129–168). Taipei, TW: Academia Sinica.Google Scholar
- Zang, X. (1993). Household structure and marriage in urban China: 1900–1982. Journal of Comparative Family Studies, 24(1), 35–44.Google Scholar
- Zhang, S., Merolla, A. J., Sun, S., & Lin, S. (2012). The nature and consequences of topic avoidance in Chinese and Taiwanese close relationships. Asian Journal of Social Psychology, 1–10. doi: 10.1111/j.1467-839X.2012.01367.x.