Date of Award:


Document Type:


Degree Name:

Master of Science (MS)


Human Development and Family Studies

Department name when degree awarded

Family and Human Development

Committee Chair(s)

C. Jay Skidmore


C. Jay Skidmore


Glen O. Jenson


Kent Robson


The purpose of this study was to compare perceptions of husbands with perceptions of wives to determine if there were any significant differences between them. The perceptions dealt with husband-father involvement in the family. Husband and father patterns have experienced many alterations over the past years, and in general, have changed from strict patriarchal or traditional patterns to more equalitarian or contemporary patterns. Considering the changes that have occurred, it was hypothesized that husbands and wives would tend to perceive husband-father involvement quite differently.

Questionnaires were created by the investigator of this study. They were designed primarily to determine the types and qualities of husband-father involvement in the family. The chi-square analysis was used to determine significant differences between husbands' and wives' perceptions. In general, husbands and wives perceived husband-father involvement in basically the same way.

Significant differences were found in several areas: husbands' overall performance compared to the average husband and father, husbands' time away from home, husbands' expressions of affection and love, and husbands' religious activity in the home. Although the outcome showed husbands' and wives' perceptions as generally the same, wives did tend to indicate a greater measure of satisfaction with the husbands' overall performance in the family than did the husbands.