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A new study has found that women are the real bosses at home .

According to Iowa State University researchers, wives have greater power in marriage problem-solving behaviour.

The study, which examined 72 married couples from Iowa, found that wives, on average, display greater situational power, in the form of forceful and dominant behaviours, than their husbands during problem-solving discussions, not considering who raised the topic.

Associate Professor of Psychology David Vogel and Assistant Professor of Human Development and Family Studies Megan Murphy led the research.

"The study at least suggests that the marriage is a place where women can exert some power. Whether or not it's because of changing societal roles, we don't know. But they are, at least, taking responsibility and power in these relationships. So, at least for relatively satisfied couples, women are able to take some responsibility and are able to exert some power-but it's hard for us to say why that's so," Vogel said.

"Women are responsible for overseeing the relationship-making sure the relationship runs, that everything gets done, and that everybody's happy," said Murphy, "And so, maybe some of that came out in our findings in terms of women domineering and dominating-that they were taking more responsibility for the relationship, regardless of whose topic was being discussed," he added.

The researchers requested participation from married couples in and around the Iowa State campus. On average, spouses were around 33 years of age and had been married for seven years. Most participants were European Americans (66 percent), followed by Asian (22 percent), Hispanic (5 percent), and African-American (4 percent), with the final three percent representing other nationalities. Each spouse was asked to separately complete a questionnaire on relationship satisfaction and an evaluation of overall decision-making ability
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