The Wiley–Blackwell Handbook of Couples and Family Relationships

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  • Book
  • 512 Pages
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd
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The Wiley–Blackwell Handbook of Couples and Family Relationships offers keen insights into ways to confront the unique challenges of relationships in 21st–century Western society. Original contributions from an international cast of leading relationship researchers, practitioners, educators, and policy makers link research, policy, and practice to reflect the most up–to–date knowledge of the myriad issues surrounding contemporary relationships. Themes explored include family structure versus functioning; attachment theory; divorce and family breakdown; communication and conflict; self–regulation, partner regulation, and behavior change; care–giving and parenting; relationship education; and therapy and policy implications. In addition to tackling issues of love, sex, and intimacy, a number of authors focus on specific interventions that can be utilized by professionals in assisting clients achieve more fulfilling relationships.

This handbook is an invaluable resource for counselors, therapists, and others involved in helping couples and families to survive in the current social context.

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List of Contributors xi

Introduction 1Patricia Noller and Gery C. Karantzas

Part I Trends in Couple and Family Relationships 9

1 From Form to Function 11Ruth Weston, Lixia Qu, and Alan Hayes

2 Social Trends and their Impact on Couple and Family Relationships 25David de Vaus

3 Changing American Families in the 21st Century 36Suzanne M. Bianchi, Sara B. Raley, and Lynne M. Casper

Part II Families across the Lifespan 49

4 The Role of the Family across the Lifespan 51Toni C. Antonucci, Kristin M. Wong, and Sarah Trinh

5 Parents and Adolescents 66Ross B. Wilkinson

6 Family Caregiving 82Gery C. Karantzas

7 Late–Life Transitions and Interventions 97Kathleen Piercy

Part III Communication and Conflict Processes in Couples and Families 113

8 Conflict Avoidance in Families 115John P. Caughlin, Jennifer L. Hardesty, and Ashley V. Middleton

9 Conflict in Family Relationships 129Patricia Noller

10 Demand Withdraw Communication in Couples 144Kathleen A. Eldridge and Brian Baucom

Part IV Individual Differences Perspectives on Intimacy, Love, and Caregiving 159

11 Adult Attachment and Sexuality 161Phillip R. Shaver and Mario Mikulincer

12 Sexual Dysfunction in Intimate Heterosexual Relationships 175Denisa Goldhammer and Marita P. McCabe

13 Regulating Incentives and Threats in Close Relationships 193Shelly L. Gable

14 Attachment and Caregiving 207Melanie Canterberry and Omri Gillath

Part V Cognitive and Affective Processes in Couple Relationships 221

15 Attachment Insecurities and Relationship Self–Regulation 223Zo e J. Hazelwood

16 The Costs and Benefits of Trying to Change Intimate Partners 234Nickola C. Overall

17 Through the Eyes of Love 248Garth J. O. Fletcher and Patrick S. G. Kerr

18 Betrayal and Forgiveness in Couple Relationships 259Julie Fitness

Part VI Education and Intervention in Couple and Family Relationships 271

19 Taking it to the Streets (and Information Super Highways) 273W. Kim Halford and Samira Hayes

20 Relationship Education 289Judith A. Feeney and Jennifer Fitzgerald

21 A Common Factors Perspective of Relationship Counseling 305Ruth Ingrid Sturmey, Patricia Noller, and Gery C. Karantzas

22 The Efficacy of Evidence–Based Couple Therapy 320Peter Howell

23 Surviving Trauma 333Susan M. Johnson and Kathryn D. Rheem

24 Children s Adjustment after Parental Separation 345Susie Sweeper

Part VII Interpersonal Processes, Families, and Mental Health 361

25 Depression and Self–Harming in Adolescence 363Kerryn Hurd and Patricia Noller

26 Attachment and Depression Across the Transition to Parenthood 377Jeffry A. Simpson, W. Steven Rholes, and Sandra Shallcross

27 Recent Advances in Research on Social Support in Couples 392Carolyn E. Cutrona

28 Chronic Illness and Relationships 406Gery C. Karantzas, Marita P. McCabe, and Sian F. Cole

Part VIII Implications for Policy 421

29 Promoting Positive Pathways for Youth and Young Adults to Healthy Relationships and Marriages 423Alan J. Hawkins

30 Improving Child and Family Outcomes through a Collaborative Service Model 437Michael White and Gail Winkworth

31 Are Governments and Marriage Strange Bedfellows? 453W. Kim Halford and Elizabeth van Acker

Part IX Integration and Conclusion 467

32 Common Themes in Couple and Family Relationship Research and Practice 469Gery C. Karantzas and Patricia Noller

Index 481

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I would recommend this book to anyone with an interest in the factors and processes that affect relationships and who would like a book that thoroughly describes the most recent research and applications of relevant theories.   (Journal of Mental Health, 1 March 2014)

Summing Up: Highly recommended.  Upper–division undergraduates through faculty and professionals.   (Choice, 1 September 2012)

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