Perceptual and defensive style variables in marital discord

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Judy L. Genshaft
Cite this article:  Genshaft, J. (1980). Perceptual and defensive style variables in marital discord. Social Behavior and Personality: An international journal, 8(1), 81-84.


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Ten couples experiencing marital discord were compared with a control-group on Q sorts describing self, spouse, ideal self and ideal spouse perceptions as well as predictions of mate?s self and spouse perceptions. The groups were also compared in their perceived locus of control and use of repression-sensitization. In general, couples experiencing marital discord also experienced less congruity in their perceptions. Even when subjects were matched randomly into husband-wife pairs, the marital discord subjects were less homogeneous in their perceptions. The groups also differed in their defensive styles, with a sensitizing style more associated with marital discord.
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