Why power matters: creating a foundation of mutual support in couple relationships.

@article{KnudsonMartin2013WhyPM,
  title={Why power matters: creating a foundation of mutual support in couple relationships.},
  author={Carmen Knudson-Martin},
  journal={Family process},
  year={2013},
  volume={52 1},
  pages={5-18}
}
Research shows that equal power helps couples create intimacy and relationship success. However, though couples increasingly desire equal relationships, cultural models of mutual support are not well developed. Clinicians often approach heterosexual couple therapy as though partners are inherently equal, thus reinforcing unacknowledged gender inequities. This article examines research that shows why power imbalances are destructive to intimate relationships and focuses on four gender-related… CONTINUE READING