Spouse therapeutic role attitudes and performances : an exploratory study Public Deposited

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  • This study examined the relationship between a spouse's therapeutic role attitude and the mate's evaluation of the spouse's therapeutic role behaviors. The therapeutic role consists of supportive behaviors directed towards one's spouse. Twenty-five couples were recruited from Oregon State University classes. Attitude questionnaires were administered to all respondents. The Pearson r was used to test four hypotheses. Hypothesis one predicted a positive relationship between the spouse's therapeutic role attitude and the mate's evaluation of the spouse's role performance. Hypothesis two predicted a positive relationship between a spouse's therapeutic role attitude and the mate's marital happiness. Hypothesis three predicted a positive relationship between the spouse's therapeutic role attitude and the mate's degree of approval of the spouse's positive behavior. Finally, hypothesis four predicted a negative relationship between a spouse's therapeutic role attitude and the mate's degree of disapproval of the spouse's negative behaviors. A t-test of the Pearson r found that only hypothesis four was significant. Pearson r correlations by sex indicated that the significance of hypothesis four was due solely to the negative relationship between the husband's therapeutic role attitude and the wife's degree of disapproval of the husband's negative behaviors. An exchange theory perspective was used in the interpretation of the results. Corollary analyses, limitations and implications of the results were also discussed in the thesis.
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