The relation of sensitivity training to marital integration of graduate student husbands and their wives Public Deposited

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  • The purpose of this study was to ascertain the usefulness of sensitivity training with wives of graduate students in decreasing role tension resulting from the husband's participation in an advanced degree-seeking program and to assess the effect of professional endeavor of wives upon marital integration. Three groups for comparison were chosen: (1) a sensitivity group wherein the wives of graduate students who had no regularly scheduled activities outside the home met in two and one-half hour sensitivity sessions for at least 14 weeks; (2) an active group made up of wives of graduate students who were involved one-half time or more in seeking a college degree or pursuing a professional occupation such as teaching, nursing, social work, etc. ; and (3) a nonactive group including wives of graduate students who had no involvement outside the home nor sensitivity training. Upon completion of the sensitivity training period, all couples in the three groups were administered the Index of Marital Integration. The resulting scores for the three groups were combined and ranked. The ranked scores were converted to standard scores for the purpose of normalizing the sample. The groups were then separated and compared by analysis of variance using the z scores. Computation of variance for groups of unequal size yielded an F value of 2.37 which is not significant at either the five or one percent level of probability. Separate analyses of the index of consensus and index of role tension revealed the following respective results: (1) the active group showed a significant difference on agreement between husband and wife on domestic values over the sensitivity and nonactive groups; and (2) there was no significant difference between the three groups on role assignment. Findings relative to the effectiveness of sensitivity training are inconclusive. Further study related to this problem should be concerned with identifying significant factors in the active professional endeavor of wives which lead to greater marital integration. Application of these factors to a process, sensitivity training or some other interpersonal transaction, that could substitute for meaningful, purposive activity for wives unable to be involved in professional endeavor outside the home should be the goal of future studies.
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