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Doctor of Education (Ed.D.)
Edward W. Pohlman
First Committee Member
Second Committee Member
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.
Cottrell, Joan Sweetland. (1984). Sterilization Effects On Couples Measured By MMPI, CPI, PVA And Leary ITP. University of the Pacific, Dissertation - Pacific Access Restricted. https://scholarlycommons.pacific.edu/uop_etds/3425
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