Asymmetry in Dual Career and Commuting Couples
28 Pages Posted: 23 May 2010
One main goal of this study is to investigate the differences in the types and consequences of conflicts that couples in dual career and commuting situations experience. We investigate how the differences in conflict perceptions between relationship partners (i.e., conflict asymmetry) affects family and workrelated outcomes in different manners in the two types of couples (dual career and commuting). Data were obtained from a sample of 40 commuting and 36 dual career couples. Results showed a difference in lifestyle such that commuters evaluated their jobs more positively more dual career partners were more satisfied with their family and level of relationship intimacy. Results further demonstrated a higher level of conflict asymmetry in dual career relationships. Furthermore, for both types of relationships we found differential effects (family and work outcomes) of the level of conflict asymmetry and of directional conflict asymmetry.
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