TYPES OF MARRIAGE LIFE-STYLE: THE MARRIAGE OF EQUALS THE

ROLE-REVERSAL MARRIAGE

When two people live together for a long period, married or not and even if they are of the same sex, they need to work out some kind of structure which will enable them to function as a unit. Many marriage ‘experts’ have classified such relationships within marriage in great detail but because of shortage of space we will look here only at the four commonest types.

The marriage of equals-In this the woman and the man are completely interchangeable in daily-living terms. Couples who adopt this form of marriage seem to have more problems than others but, with careful arrangements for outside child care to enable the woman to work as an equal to her husband, a good working arrangement can be achieved. Such a marriage can work exceptionally well for child-free couples or the childless.

The role-reversal marriage-With the increase in unemployment and the high earning potential of some women, it is occasionally economically necessary or sensible for the man to be the person who looks after the children and the home. Research shows evidence of social strain in this arrangement, but it can be made to work.

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