Spouses in mixed-orientation marriage: A 20-year review of empirical studies

Authors


Barbara Couden Hernandez, PhD, MFT, RN, Associate Professor and Director of Doctoral Clinical Training, Department of Counseling and Family Science, Loma Linda University; Naomi J. Schwenke, MA, is a doctoral student in Family Studies at Loma Linda University; Colwick M. Wilson, PhD, is Chair of the Department of Counseling and Family Science, Loma Linda University.Address correspondence to Barbara Hernandez, Department of Counseling and Family Science, Loma Linda University, Griggs Hall, Loma Linda, California 92350; E-mail: bhernandez@llu.edu

Abstract

Empirical studies on mixed-orientation marriage in social science journals from 1988 to 2008 were reviewed. Fifteen articles published in eight peer-reviewed journals were identified and discussed in terms of sampling, design, measures, rigor, theoretical framework, and literature review. An overview of each study is provided along with a summary of critical findings. Implications and recommendations for future research and education are offered.

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