Date of Award
Campus Access only Theses
Master of Arts
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Bellarmine College of Liberal Arts
This study examined the hypothesis that trait anger, defined as an individual's disposition to experience anger, is related to marital distress. Fifty-four (54) married couples completed the State-Trait Anger Expression Inventory (STA.XI) and the Dyadic Adjustment Scale (DAS). Female trait anger was found to be a significant deterninant of marital distress while the same was not found of male trait anger. Also tested was the hypothesis that no gender differences exist for the experience or expression of anger. Results supported this hypothesis for all anger characteristics including anger proneness, anger suppression, and anger control. Additional demographic variables were correlated to marital distress including the presence of children, the number of times the man had been married, and the man's level of religiousness.
Lusnar, Mark P., "An Examination of the Relationship of Marital Satisfaction and Gender to Anger Expression" (1995). LMU/LLS Theses and Dissertations. 1190.