Gender differences in heterosexual dating

07-Jul-2020 14:56

One issue that emerges repeatedly in psychological analyses of heterosexual relationships is gender difference. As Kitzinger (2001) outlines, whether or not these alleged differences exist for any particular heterosexual couple, heterosexual couples build their relationships in a world in which gender differences are widely believed in, and reflected in institutions and popular culture. Scott (Eds.) Changing households: The British Household Panel Survey (pp.220–242). The reason was that even with much less money coming in, the women could now decide for themselves how that money should be spent. Pahl’s insight sparked a number of qualitative studies of money in marriage and has been very influential in the field of economic psychology. Lehmann (Ed.) The Gay and Lesbian Marriage and Family Reader (pp.1–24).

As Kitzinger (2001, p.2) notes ‘gender difference is inescapably part of a heterosexual relationship, and gender similarity part of a same-sex relationship’. Pahl developed a typology of money management in married heterosexual relationships as follows: Surveys have shown that nearly half of all married heterosexual couples in the UK use some form of pooling, about a quarter have a female-managed whole-wage system, about one in ten a male-managed whole-wage system, and about the same number have an allowance system (Laurie & Rose, 1994). We are currently undertaking a study exploring the usefulness of Pahl’s typology for characterising systems of money management in same-sex relationships. Economic security and financial management issues facing same-sex couples.

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