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The Resource How virtues and values affect marital intimacy, by Natalie Alexander Stevens

How virtues and values affect marital intimacy, by Natalie Alexander Stevens

Label
How virtues and values affect marital intimacy
Title
How virtues and values affect marital intimacy
Statement of responsibility
by Natalie Alexander Stevens
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
The purpose of this study was to better understand how virtues and values affect marital intimacy. Ten married couples were given a marital satisfaction assessment and participated as individuals in 1-1/2 hour interviews which were audiotaped and then transcribed. Using grounded theory and also the constant comparative method, researchers were able to generate a theory involving a core theme of showing love for self and other, which strongly contributes to increased intimacy. This process is connected to living virtues and to becoming other-oriented. Two different ways of "being" were found to be connected both with showing love, living virtues, increasing intimacy: other-orientation (a focus on the other including her well-being) and self-orientation (a primary concern with meeting one's own needs and desires above all else). These orientations were connected with secure attachment style and insecure attachment styles, respectively. Secure attachment was connected with sets of beliefs and thoughts, affect, and behavior characteristic of this way of being that increase security in the relationship. Orientation and attachment style, whether other-oriented and secure or self-oriented and insecure, seemed to be mutually determining. A Virtue Cycle connected with these processes was described, in which one who lives virtues genuinely towards their partner often experiences an increased love for their partner and closeness in the relationship. The receiver often perceives virtuous actions given by her partner to be a sign of his love for her, which leads to feeling loved and feeling closer, and wanting to give to partner which leads her to increase her living of virtues, increasing her other-oreintation. Living of virtues was generally associated with increased intimacy for both Other-oriented and Self-oriented couples, though increases were greater and more lasting in Other-oriented (OO) couples. Implications are discussed
Cataloging source
UPB
Degree
M.S.
Dissertation year
2005
Granting institution
Brigham Young University. Dept. of Marriage and Family Therapy
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
no index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • bibliography
  • theses
Label
How virtues and values affect marital intimacy, by Natalie Alexander Stevens
Link
http://hdl.lib.byu.edu/1877/etd916
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. 102-109)
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
28 cm.
Extent
xi, 122 p.
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Other physical details
ill. (some col.)
System control number
  • UtOrBLW
  • (OCoLC)ocn373811805
Label
How virtues and values affect marital intimacy, by Natalie Alexander Stevens
Link
http://hdl.lib.byu.edu/1877/etd916
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. 102-109)
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
28 cm.
Extent
xi, 122 p.
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Other physical details
ill. (some col.)
System control number
  • UtOrBLW
  • (OCoLC)ocn373811805

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