Date of Award
College of Nursing
Eighteen couples experiencing the onset of heart disease (Myocardial Infarction or Coronary Artery Bypass Graft procedure) participated in this study. Nine couples participated in a role supplementation program consisting of role modeling and role discussion. Role modeling was facilitated by exposure to a role model couple in a group situation. The role discussion component utilized a tool that allowed each partner to identify his/her responsibility for the treatment plan.;The hypothesis of the study was that couples who participated in a role supplementation program would have a higher level of marital functioning than couples who did not participate in role supplementation. Couples in both groups completed a marital functioning questionnaire six weeks post discharge from the acute care setting. From this questionnaire a mutuality score was obtained. The experimental group was not found to have a higher level of marital functioning than the control group, therefore the hypothesis was not supported. (Abstract shortened with permission of author.)
DeMull-Bok, Laurie Ann, "The Relationship Between Role Supplementation and the Level of Marital Functioning in Couples Living With Cardiac Disease" (1987). Masters Theses. 78.