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Summa psicológica UST (En línea)

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RIPOLL-NUNEZ, Karen  and  ARRIETA, Karen Martínez. Joint or separate accounts: Money management on first union and reconstructed families. Summa psicol. UST (En línea) [online]. 2012, vol.9, n.2, pp. 43-55. ISSN 0718-0446.

The purpose of this study was to explore the finances management systems employed by first union and remarried couples. 26 heterosexual couples (12 first union and 14 remarried couples) answered to an in-depth interview about the ways each partner contributes to the family budget, the ways they administer money, and the extent to which decisions regarding money in their relationship are fair. Emerging themes allowed us to identify five management systems: whole salary, allowance, shared account, independent management, and independent management with shared account. In contrast with existing evidence, first union couples employed more independent management or independent management with shared account systems. However, remarried couples employed primarily a shared account system. Results are discussed in relation to existing literature regarding finance management systems in different types of marital unions.

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