Title

Perceived Marital Problems in Taiwan

Keywords

marital problems, gender differences, Taiwan

Abstract

With the expansion of the practice of marriage and family therapy outside of the U.S. and Western Europe, it important to gain a better understanding of family interaction and processes in other cultures and countries. Several studies have examined the problems that couples experience in the United States, but little is understood about problems that couples in Asia experience. In this study, perceptions of relationship problems experienced by 213 married couples living in urban Taiwan were examined. Results indicated that raising children and communication were the two problems most frequently reported by both husbands and wives. Among eight relationship problem areas, the only gender difference was in the area of communication, with wives significantly more likely to report it as a problem. An examination of within-dyad agreement indicated that couples generally had high consensus regarding relationship problems. Implications of this research for culturally-sensitive MFT practice are discussed.

Original Publication Citation

Pfeifer, L., Miller, R. B., Li, T. S., & Hsiao, Y. L. (2013). Perceived marital problems in Taiwan. Contemporary Family Therapy, 35, 91-104.

Document Type

Peer-Reviewed Article

Publication Date

2013-01-06

Publisher

Contemporary Family Therapy

Language

English

College

Family, Home, and Social Sciences

Department

Sociology

University Standing at Time of Publication

Full Professor

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