Does she matter? Emotional intimacy in marriage in light of gender distinction

Full Title
Does she matter? Emotional intimacy in marriage in light of gender distinction
Author
Richard Williams
Abstract
Evangelical Christians have greater marital success than the general population. Gender distinction distinguishes Christian marriage, but its impact on emotional intimacy, critical in contemporary marriage, is under-studied. A qualitative study of ten Christian husbands in enduring intergendered marriages yet with a history of same-sex attraction or monogendered relationships, considered able spokesmen for gender effects, confirmed the power of intimacy to forge a lasting marriage. Wives' gender distinction correlated with intimacy, expressed through authority deferral, home care and strong helping. Many reasons surfaced for the gender-intimacy link, providing plausible dynamics for why wives' both inherent qualities and deliberate practices cultivated intimacy.
Degree Granting Institution
Language
English
Date
2013
Number of Pages
151