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Title: Gender differences in the psychological well-being of married men and women: An Asian case
Authors: Theodore D. Fuller
John N. Edwards
Sairudee Vorakitphokatorn
Santhat Sermsri
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
Mahidol University
Keywords: Social Sciences
Issue Date: 1-Jan-2004
Citation: Sociological Quarterly. Vol.45, No.2 (2004)
Abstract: Using a wide variety of measures of psychological well-being obtained from a representative sample of married men and women in Bangkok, Thailand, we examine gender differences in psychological well-being. We find that, in Bangkok, as in the United States, married men generally enjoy a higher level of psychological well-being than do married women. We find no support for role strain theory, but we do find support for role enhancement theory. We find that social support has little effect on psychological well-being, but that social strain not only has a significant effect on well-being but also largely accounts for gender differences in well-being. The mixed findings suggest the importance of testing theories in different societal contexts, for they may or may not be easily portable from one culture to another.
ISSN: 00380253
Appears in Collections:Scopus 2001-2005

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