The Interactions Between Power and Couple Satisfaction for Women

Valerie A. Handley, Kristy L. Soloski, Shelby Sewell, Alex Gowdy, Sara Smock Jordan, Sara Elshershaby

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Gender and power impact heterosexual relationships immensely. Imbalanced power dynamics within a relationship can lead to challenges. This study seeks to examine the reported power dynamics in a therapeutic seeing of women within a heterosexual relationship. The aim of this study is to see if (a) women have more perceived power after five therapy sessions of therapy and (b) this perceived power influences relationship satisfaction. Results include women reporting greater equality in their relationship power dynamic after therapy sessions. This increase in perceived power also correlated with a higher relationships satisfaction.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-18
Number of pages18
JournalJournal of Feminist Family Therapy
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2 2019


  • Gender
  • empowerment
  • power
  • relationship satisfaction


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