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Journal of Family and Economic Issues

, Volume 30, Issue 3, pp 215–225 | Cite as

A Typology of Dual Earner Marriages Based on Work and Family Arrangements

  • Scott S. Hall
  • Shelley M. MacDermid
Original Paper

Abstract

Qualitative research has investigated distinct couple types that divide work and family responsibilities based on employment circumstances and relationship characteristics, but such research is not conducive to identifying frequencies of couple types or statistically comparing work-family circumstances across couple types. The current study incorporated both employment and family variables in identifying four distinct dual-earner couple types among respondents from the National Survey of the Changing Workforce. Couple types were compared regarding demographic information, and memberships in couple types were predicted based on this information. Some significant differences emerged that may begin to explain the circumstances and motivations behind selecting certain work-family arrangements, though the more peer-like couples were less distinct and in some ways less economically advantaged than expected.

Keywords

Dual-earner couples Marital typology Peer marriage Work and family 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Family and Consumer Sciences, AT-150Ball State UniversityMuncieUSA
  2. 2.Child Development and Family StudiesPurdue UniversityWest LafayetteUSA

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