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The Wiley-Blackwell Handbook of Couples and Family Relationships


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The Wiley-Blackwell Handbook of Couples and Family Relationships

Patricia Noller (Editor), Gery C. Karantzas (Editor)

ISBN: 978-1-444-33450-0 February 2012 Wiley-Blackwell 512 Pages


The Wiley-Blackwell Handbook of Couples and Family Relationships presents original articles from leading experts that link research, policy, and practice together to reflect the most current knowledge of contemporary relationships.  
  • Offers interesting new perspectives on a range of relationship issues facing twenty-first century Western society
  • Helps those who work with couples and families facing with relationship issues
  • Includes practical suggestions for dealing with relationship problems
  • Explores diverse issues, including 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
List of Contributors xi

Introduction 1
Patricia Noller and Gery C. Karantzas

Part I Trends in Couple and Family Relationships 9

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

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

3 Changing American Families in the 21st Century 36
Suzanne 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 51
Toni C. Antonucci, Kristin M. Wong, and Sarah Trinh

5 Parents and Adolescents 66
Ross B. Wilkinson

6 Family Caregiving 82
Gery C. Karantzas

7 Late-Life Transitions and Interventions 97
Kathleen Piercy

Part III Communication and Conflict Processes in Couples and Families 113

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

9 Conflict in Family Relationships 129
Patricia Noller

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

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

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

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

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

14 Attachment and Caregiving 207
Melanie Canterberry and Omri Gillath

Part V Cognitive and Affective Processes in Couple Relationships 221

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

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

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

18 Betrayal and Forgiveness in Couple Relationships 259
Julie Fitness

Part VI Education and Intervention in Couple and Family Relationships 271

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

20 Relationship Education 289
Judith A. Feeney and Jennifer Fitzgerald

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

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

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

24 Children’s Adjustment after Parental Separation 345
Susie Sweeper

Part VII Interpersonal Processes, Families, and Mental Health 361

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

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

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

28 Chronic Illness and Relationships 406
Gery 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 423
Alan J. Hawkins

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

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

Part IX Integration and Conclusion 467

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

Index 481

“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)