A group of college educated mothers of pre-school children were compared on ratings of the Bem Sex-Role Inventory and the Marital Satisfaction Inventory in order to examine what effect sex-role orientation may have on marital satisfaction in working and in homemaking wives. The subjects were grouped according to employment status, that is employed or homemaking, and according to their designation on the Bem, that is masculine, feminine, androgynous and undifferentiated. The levels or marital satisfaction for each group were then computed. When analyzing the differences between working wives in general and homemaking wives, no statistical significance was noted, although it had been hypothesized that working wives would experience greater marital satisfaction. Further hypothesis for which no statistical significance was noted included the assumption that androgynous working wives and feminine homemakers would reveal greater marital satisfaction when contrasted with feminine working wives and androgynous homemakers respectively. Although not to the point of significance, the results did reveal a tendency for androgynous women, regardless of their employment status to be more satisfied in their marital relationship.
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Bennett, Leslie G., "Sex-Roles and Marital Satisfaction of Employed and Homemaking Mothers of Pre-School Children" (1981). Retrospective Theses and Dissertations. 536.