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Date of Award


Document Type

Dissertation - Pacific Access Restricted

Degree Name

Doctor of Education (Ed.D.)



First Advisor

Edward W. Pohlman

First Committee Member

Joseph Anastasio

Second Committee Member

Walt Nyberg

Third Committee Member

Helmut H. Reimer

Fourth Committee Member

Marjorie C. Bruce


In order to determine the effects of sterilization on couple dynamics, 182 couples (116 vasectomy couples, 30 tubal ligation couples, and 36 comparison couples) were administered the MMPI, CPI, PVA, Leary ITP, and a questionnaire both pre- and one year post-sterilization. Interpersonal, personality and demographic variables were analyzed using discriminant analysis, analysis of variance, or chi-square techniques to determine if any variables correlated with (1) the decision to undergo sterilization in general and (2) the decision for the male or female to be sterilized. The hypothesis that partners in the "sterilized" groups would have more symmetrically dominant interpersonal styles than partners in the comparison group was supported by the Leary ITP but not by the CPI. A number of other hypotheses such as changes toward more dominant styles in females and increased readiness for new experience (PVA Modernity scale) were not supported. Two unpredicted findings were (a) vasectomy couples had significantly more symmetrically affectionate relationships (P.L. .05) and (b) a non-significant tendency for tubal ligation couples to have less hostility in their relationships after sterilization. The utility of conjoint research in psychological investigations of sterilization was discussed.



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