Social organization, spousal resources, and marital power: a cross-cultural study

Journal of Marriage and the Family Vol/Iss. 48 Published In Pages: 121-128
By Warner, Rebecca L., Lee, Gary R., Lee, Janet


This study examines the effect of family structural complexity, residence and descent system, and female contribution to subsistence on women's power in marriage. Results suggest that wives have more power in marriage where there is nuclear family organization and matrilocality. The authors suggest that resource theory should broaden its conception of valued resources to include dimensions such as family organization patterns.

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