Department of Management

Michael S. Dahl

In Sickness and in Wealth: Psychological and Sexual Costs of Income Comparison in Marriage

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In Sickness and in Wealth : Psychological and Sexual Costs of Income Comparison in Marriage. / Pierce, Lamar; Dahl, Michael S.; Nielsen, Jimmi.

In: Personality and social psychology bulletin, Vol. 39, No. 3, 03.2013, p. 359-374.

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Pierce, L, Dahl, MS & Nielsen, J 2013, 'In Sickness and in Wealth: Psychological and Sexual Costs of Income Comparison in Marriage', Personality and social psychology bulletin, vol. 39, no. 3, pp. 359-374. https://doi.org/10.1177/0146167212475321

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Pierce, L., Dahl, M. S., & Nielsen, J. (2013). In Sickness and in Wealth: Psychological and Sexual Costs of Income Comparison in Marriage. Personality and social psychology bulletin, 39(3), 359-374. https://doi.org/10.1177/0146167212475321

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Pierce, Lamar, Michael S. Dahl and Jimmi Nielsen. "In Sickness and in Wealth: Psychological and Sexual Costs of Income Comparison in Marriage". Personality and social psychology bulletin. 2013, 39(3). 359-374. https://doi.org/10.1177/0146167212475321

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Pierce, Lamar ; Dahl, Michael S. ; Nielsen, Jimmi. / In Sickness and in Wealth : Psychological and Sexual Costs of Income Comparison in Marriage. In: Personality and social psychology bulletin. 2013 ; Vol. 39, No. 3. pp. 359-374.

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