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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Karen M. Donahey, PhD (Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine)
Description: This book is a collective work of authors from three continents: North America, Australia, and Europe. The editors have guided the focus of the book so that it distills the crucial elements about what we know about couples relationships, with particular emphasis on how to intervene to promote more satisfying relationships.
Purpose: The book grew out of the editors' mutual interest in trying to understand and promote happy, satisfying marriages. The purpose of the book was to provide a comprehensive guide as to what is known about marriage. Their primary goal was to guide practitioners on how to understand, assess, prevent, and change unhappy marriages. The book is needed and meets the objectives.
Audience: The book is written for mental health professionals and students interested in working with couples in promoting or improving their relationships. The editors and authors are credible authorities in this subject.
Features: The book is adequately illustrated with tables and charts. The references are current and pertinent. The overall appearance of the book is attractive.
Assessment: This book is an excellent resource for professionals working with individuals and couples regarding their relationship and relationship issues. The scope of the book is quite broad. It provides the reader with a clear understanding of what is known about the nature of healthy, satisfying, and stable relationships; the changes that occur over time; and the impact of personal and environmental influences. There are also detailed descriptions in several chapters on how to intervene with couples in specific situations, such as alcohol abuse, domestic violence, extramarital affairs, and sexual dysfunction, to name a few. The book has two chapters on evaluating and improving interventions to assist couples. This book is a worthwhile and valuable contribution to the field of marital and couples therapy.