Identity Processes in Power Dynamics

  • Susan Krauss Whitbourne
  • Joyce B. Ebmeyer


The distribution of control within the relationship is a potent area for conflict between spouses. Each individual is likely to have his or her own ideas about who has more influence, and these ideas may or may not be in agreement. According to the identity-intimacy model, the spouse identities of the two partners include ideas about the power distribution within the relationship, both the perception of it as it really is and the ideals of how the spouses think that power should be distributed. The model also is based on the premise that the identities of the spouses, rather than some objective quality of their relationship, is what will influence their interactions when it comes to issues of control.


Great Power Power Dynamics Identity Process Assimilation Process Equal Partner 
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© Springer Science+Business Media New York 1990

Authors and Affiliations

  • Susan Krauss Whitbourne
    • 1
  • Joyce B. Ebmeyer
    • 2
  1. 1.AmherstUSA
  2. 2.RochesterUSA

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