Understanding Marriage: Developments in the Study of Couple Interaction

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  • Edition: 1st
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  • Copyright: 2009-03-12
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
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This edited volume draws together a wide range of exciting developments in the study of marital interaction. A significant feature of the book is its focus, not only on conflict and negative interactions but also on the processes by which couples maintain happy and constructive relationships. The chapters review and integrate the extensive literature in this area, as well as presenting important research findings. The contributors come from the disciplines of communication, social psychology and clinical psychology, and have national and international reputations for their work in this area. The findings reflect developments in theory and methodology, and have important implications for those working to strengthen and repair marital relationships.

Table of Contents

The Effect of Cognition on Interaction Patterns
Introduction to Part 1
Thought and action: connecting attributions to behaviours in married couples' interactions
Self-evaluation motives in close relationships: a model of global enhancement and specific verification
Competition in romantic relationships: do partners build niches?
Cognition and communication during marital conflict: how alcohol affects subjective coding of interaction in aggressive and non-aggressive couples
Understanding the Importance of Positive Interaction
Introduction to Part 2
Observational 'windows' to intimacy processes in marriage
Bases for giving benefits in marriage: what is ideal? what is realistic? what really happens?
Shared participation in self-expanding activities: positive effects on experienced marital quality Arthur Aron
Coping with Disappointment, Criticism and Betrayal
Introduction to Part 3
Coping with disappointments in marriage: when partners' standards are unmet
On empathic accuracy and husbands' abusiveness: the 'overattribution bias'
The war of the roses: an interdependence analysis of betrayal and forgiveness
Power, Conflict and Violence in Marital Interaction
Introduction to Part 4
Demand-withdraw communication during couple conflict: a review and analysis
Approaches to the study of power in violent and nonviolent marriages, and in gay male and lesbian cohabiting relationships
The communication of couples in violent and nonviolent relationships: temporal associations with own and partners' anxiety/arousal and behavior
Marital Interaction at Important Transition Periods
Introduction to Part 5
Adult attachment, the transition to parenthood, and marital well-being
Allocation and performance of household tasks: a comparison of new parents and childless couples
Caregiving and its influence on marital interactions between older spouses
Interventions for Strengthening Relationships
Introduction to Part 6
Risk factors, risk processes, and the longitudinal course of newlywed marriage
Does working at a relationship work? relationship self-regulation and relationship outcomes
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