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When Love Dies: The Process of Marital Disaffection
     

When Love Dies: The Process of Marital Disaffection

by Karen Kayser
 

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ISBN-10: 0898620864

ISBN-13: 9780898620863

Pub. Date: 10/29/1993

Publisher: Guilford Publications, Inc.

When Love Dies is based on two rich sources of information gathered by the author. Karen Kayser first analyzes in-depth and revealing interviews with 49 spouses who recount their feelings, thoughts, and actions as they fell out of love with their partners. Chapters trace the slow dissolution of love and its impact on a marriage, from the onset of marital disaffection

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When Love Dies is based on two rich sources of information gathered by the author. Karen Kayser first analyzes in-depth and revealing interviews with 49 spouses who recount their feelings, thoughts, and actions as they fell out of love with their partners. Chapters trace the slow dissolution of love and its impact on a marriage, from the onset of marital disaffection to its final stages. Kayser then incorporates data from a random sample survey, comparing troubled spouses with non-disaffected spouses and exploring the relationships among marital disaffection, psychological well-being, commitment, attribution, and gender.

The book examines the concept of matrimony from broad theories of marriage as a social institution to the most specific nuances of spousal interaction. Kayser shows that by studying the dynamics that produce disaffection, partners are able to focus on ways to better understand what is needed to maintain love in marriage. Identifying the phases of disaffection, including significant turning points, can alert spouses and clinicians that it is time to confront problems of alienation. Clinical recommendations for repairing marriages are offered for each phase of the disaffection process. The book also provides a scale of marital disaffection that is of practical use to clinicians and researchers.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780898620863
Publisher:
Guilford Publications, Inc.
Publication date:
10/29/1993
Series:
Perspectives On Marriage And The Family Series
Pages:
191
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.63(d)

Table of Contents

1. Love in Contemporary Marriage
2. Beginning Disappointments
3. Between Disappointment and Disaffection
4. Reaching Disaffection
5. What Causes Love to Die?
6. A Comparison of Disaffected and Nondisaffected Spouses
7. Restoring Love in a Disaffected Marriage
Appendices
References

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