Keywords

relationship satisfaction, feminism, self-esteem, women in therapy

Abstract

This study uses feminist theory to examine the variables of relationship length and relationship satisfaction as predicators of both self-esteem and emotional functioning for women. Using a national sample of data gathered from 1,257 female survey respondents this study found significant relationships between emotional functioning, self-esteem, and self-reported relationship satisfaction which was supported by regression testing and path analysis. In addition, a significant negative relationship was noted between a woman's self-esteem and her with-holding of verbalized displeasure or disagreement with her partner. Implications for women in therapy were discussed.

Original Publication Citation

Wright, C. I., & Busby, D. M. (1997) Relationship satisfaction: Impact and consequences for women's emotional health and treatment. Contemporary Family Therapy, 19, 443-460.

Document Type

Peer-Reviewed Article

Publication Date

1997-9

Publisher

Contemporary Family Therapy

Language

English

College

Family, Home, and Social Sciences

Department

Family Life

University Standing at Time of Publication

Full Professor

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