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Anticipated dependence: a determinant in an integrative model of power relations among elderly couples

Journal of Aging Studies

Author: Kulik, L.
Type: Journal Article
Year: 1997


An integrative, multivariate model for analysis of conjugal power relations among elderly married couples, from the perspective of the husband, based on resource theory, & considering not only economic & social resources, but also the husband's anticipated dependence on his wife, was tested on 211 elderly Jewish husbands in Israel. It was found that the primary variables explaining conjugal power relations in late adulthood are psychological-expressive in nature; instrumental-economic resources have little explantory power at this stage of life. Traditional attitudes of the husband regarding the capacity of women to fulfill roles outside of the home correlated positively with his perceived power in the marital relationship.

Further Details

Pages: 363-377
Volume: 11
Issue: 4
Accession Number: 20.5.03
Keywords: older, behavioural, emotional
Reads: 186