Husbands and wives: A nationwide survey of marriage

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Originally published in Contemporary Psychology: APA Review of Books, 1979, Vol 24(8), 666. Reviews the book, Husbands and wives: A nationwide survey of marriage by Anthony Pietropinto and Jacqueline Simenauer (1979). A private public-opinion polling firm was engaged to collect the self-report data on the marital state that provide the occasion for this book. It is particularly disappointing that the data collected were not presented systematically and described in detail. Unfortunately, the authors' general opinion as to the nature of the findings on a specific issue is reported, followed only by a great many quotations from the “free-response” portion of their questionnaire. The latter, in fact, comprise most of the text. The authors also note that they were “struck by the frequency with which a husband and wife indicated by their corresponding answers to the same questions vastly differing perceptions of some aspect of their marriage.” (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved)

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