Portland State University. Department of Psychology
Date of Award
Master of Science (M.S.) in Psychology
1 online resource (73 p.)
Lesbian couples, Sex role
Much of the literature on lesbian relationships links the positive feminine relational trait (intimacy or communion) with problems of psychological merger (Burch, 1982, 1985; Decker, 1984; Elise, 1986; Krestan and Bepko, 1980). Karpel (1976), describes psychological merger as a person's "state of ernbeddedness in and undifferentiation within, the relational context" (p. 67) . This study explores the femininity/masculinity sex role traits as they relate to psychological merger in lesbian couples.
Thirty-eight lesbian couples were recruited through friendship and acquaintance networks, newsletter announcements and direct solicitation of members of the Portland Lesbian Community Project (LCP). Couples had to have been living together in a primary relationship for one year or longer in order to qualify for the study.
Dahlstrom, Susan G., "Sex role traits and psychological merger in lesbian relationships" (1989). Dissertations and Theses. Paper 3869.