joint conjugal roles

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Joint conjugal roles are those where the husband and wife carry out many activities together and with a minimum of task differentiation and separation of interests. Marriages in which couples share activities and have an over-lapping social network are thought to be more stable. This key idea was set out by Elizabeth Bott in her Family and Social Network (1957). See also role, conjugal; segregated conjugal roles.

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