Gender and Close Relationships: General Information

My research in this area has focused on several dimensions important for understanding gender stereotypes and client’s communication patterns in interpersonal relationships. In particular, colleagues and I have examined several links between gender-role stereotypes and interpersonal outcomes. For example, we have investigated the role of gender-role stereotypes in the development of negative problem-solving patterns and relationship satisfaction in married couples. Similarly, a recent grant from the National Institute of Mental Health focused on improving conflict resolution in heterosexual relationships by examining how women and men physiologically respond to relationship conflict and how this physiological response might affect women’s and men’s problem-solving behavior. We have also recently published a study in examining the relationship between marital problem-solving behavior and the presence of gender-linked power differentials within a heterosexual couple. Overall, our work in this area has the potential to affect how we conduct psychotherapy and prevention efforts with intimate couples.
In the News:

Results of the this research has led to interviews on The Today Show and CNN Headline News as well as reports on the CBS Evening News; Good Morning America; The Tonight Show, and National Public Radio's (NPR) "Wait Wait ... Don't Tell Me!"; Voice of America; Iowa Public Radio; Radio Iowa, ABC in Australia; and News Talk Ireland.

For example newpaper and online reports see:

  • Power and Marital Conflict  1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9  10  11  12  13  14  15  16
  • Physiological Responses to Marital Conflict  1