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Title: Negotiating Marital Relationship: A Study of Young Urban Couples of Allahabad and Mumbai
Authors: Naqvi, Fauzia
Keywords: Centre for Human Ecology
Chetna Duggal
Issue Date: 2015
Publisher: TISS
Abstract: India as a country is witnessing social, political and economic changes. Marital relationships are no exception to this. The present study was developed to understand how urban educated Indian couples negotiate the marital relationship. The marital relationship was conceptualised to include couple communication, conflict resolution, leisure activities, roles and responsibilities and sexual relations. Seventeen married couples, in the age group of 30 – 40 years, 9 from Allahabad and 8 from Mumbai participated in the study. A quantitative approach of enquiry was used and a de-scriptive study was designed to meet the objectives of the study. The PREPARE/ ENRICH online assessment tool was used to obtain the data. Amongst the participant couples, three couples were categorised as Vitalised, eight as Harmonious, one Conventional, two Conflicted, and three as the Devitalised as per couple typology. The couples reported overall higher satisfaction ratings on roles and responsibilities, communication, conflict resolution, and sexual relations. However, the commitment to the relationship was high across couples, but slight differences still existed on the basis of typology. The findings of the study need to be understood in the Indian context. Implica-tions for further research and couple therapy practice in India have ben outlined.
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