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Preliminary typology of couplehood for community-dwelling wives: 'I' versus 'We'

International Journal of Aging & Human Development

Author: Kaplan, L., Ade Ridder, L., Hennon, C. B., Brubaker, E., Brubaker, T.
Type: Journal Article
Year: 1995


A qualitative analysis of women whose husbands reside in nursing homes was conducted to understand the concept of couplehood. Couplehood is defined here as the extent to which one person perceives herself as married to another person (feeling like an 'I' or like part of a 'We'). An 'I'-'We' continuum was presented to each woman, and noticeable patterns emerged. Some women identified themselves as perceiving no couplehood with their institutionalized husbands ('Unmarried Marrieds'). A second group of women perceived a high degree of couplehood (''Til Death Do Us Parts'), while a third group perceived low couplehood ('Husbandless Wives'). Differences seem to exist in terms of the degree to which couplehood is perceived (no, low, high). Implications of such a typology are offered for researchers, clinicians, and community-dwelling wives.

Further Details

Pages: 317-337
Volume: 40
Issue: 4
Accession Number: 12.3.03
Keywords: emotional
Reads: 195