SEVEN TYPES OF MARRIAGE: EMPIRICAL TYPOLOGY BASED ON ENRICH

Yoav Lavee, David H. Olson

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Abstract

Using ENRICH, a computerized marriage assessment tool (Olson, Fournier & Druckman, 1986), data from 8,385 couples was collected across nine dimensions of their marriage. The data was analyzed in two phases—cluster structure seeking and classification phases—by three different clustering methods (inverse factor analysis, hierarchical agglomerative, and k‐means cluster analysis). Seven types of marriage were identified: Devitalized couples (40%), Financially focused couples (11%), Conflicted couples (14%), Traditional couples (10%), Balanced couples (8%), Harmonious couples (8%), and Vitalized couples (9%). The multidimensional profiles are described in relation to global measure of marital satisfaction, demographic characteristics, and clinical and research implications.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)325-340
Number of pages16
JournalJournal of marital and family therapy
Volume19
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 1993

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