Sex roles, women's work, and marital conflict: A study of family change

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Abstract

Originally published in Contemporary Psychology: APA Review of Books, 1979, Vol 24(8), 666–667. Reviews the book, Sex roles, women's work, and marital conflict: A study of family change by John Scanzoni (1978). In her book, Turning Points, Ellen Goodman describes how the relationships between women and men have been affected by the much-touted revolution in sex roles that we have been experiencing in the past 10 years. Her book is written so anyone can and would want to read it. This is unfortunate, since the drawbacks of Goodman's impressionistic work are remedied by the tightly focused Scanzoni study. The study suffers from the bias of utilizing only white married women, and generalizations must be made with care. Scanzoni recognizes the other major lack, that a study of changing sex roles and marital conflict must ultimately include the men about whom these women were talking. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved)

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