Depression, marital satisfaction, and marital and personality measures of sex roles*. Journal Article uri icon



  • The present study examined the relationship between depression, marital satisfaction, and marital and personality measures of sex roles. Subjects included 50 couples in which the woman was clinically depressed (and of which 26 were maritally distressed), and 24 nondepressed, nondistressed control couples. Results indicated that compared to nondepressed couples, husbands and wives in relationships in which the wife was depressed showed greater inequality in decision making and dissatisfaction with the distribution of decision making and household tasks; wives additionally indicated greater dissatisfaction with distribution of childrearing responsibilities. The relationship between marital roles and depression was largely mediated by the impact of marital distress in the clinic couples. In addition, depressed wives were less masculine than nondepressed wives, and women with high levels of masculinity reported less depression than women with low levels.

publication date

  • April 1, 1989

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  • closed

Date in CU Experts

  • October 18, 2013 10:40 AM

Full Author List

  • Whisman MA; Jacobson NS

author count

  • 2

citation count

  • 1

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International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0194-472X

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1752-0606

Additional Document Info

start page

  • 177

end page

  • 186


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