An Unequal Partnership
  • Janice M. Steil


Two decades ago, Blood and Wolfe (1960), in a singularly influential study of 731 urban and suburban wives and 178 farm wives, concluded that “the average Detroit marriage is properly labeled equalitarian” (p. 23). Further, they asserted, “the American family has changed its authority pattern from one of patriarchal male dominance to one of equalitarian sharing” (p. 47). It is the contention of this chapter that the assertion of equality as the normative condition in American marriage relationships not only was unwarranted at the time but continues as an unwarranted assertion in the eighties. Neither Blood and Wolfe’s own data nor that from subsequent investigations supports the conclusion of equality.


Marital Satisfaction Dual Career Family Power Referent Power Dual Career Couple 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Janice M. Steil
    • 1
  1. 1.Institute of Advanced Psychological StudiesAdelphi UniversityGarden CityUSA

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