Equal Partners - Good Friends: Empowering Couples Through Therapy

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Overview

Marriage as an equal partnership is the goal of many couples in the western world today. Equality is often limited by the ways that power and gender interact in the relationship, leading to dissatisfaction and ultimately the break-up of the marriage. In Equal Partners - Good Friends, Dr. Claire Rabin examines the connection between inequality in marriage and marital distress. Drawing on extensive research and personal interviews in the UK, USA and Israel, she stresses the key role of friendship in establishing a truly equal relationship. Treatment methods for work with couples are described with a focus on gender, sex roles and power - a model much needed in today's climate of change.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415116145
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 6/28/1996
  • Pages: 296
  • Lexile: 1140L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.60 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
Introduction: a change in perspective 1
1 Gender, power and contemporary relationship tension 14
2 The egalitarian alternative. What is it? Is it worth the effort? 35
3 Friendship: the basic condition of equal partnership 59
4 Shared power: the road to mutual empowerment 84
5 Towards an integrative model of treatment goals for couples 100
6 Assessment 118
7 Types of couples seeking therapy 135
8 Creating an egalitarian therapeutic system 151
9 The treatment model: individual interventions and education about equality 158
10 Couple interventions 179
11 Treatment of the traditional couple: putting the wife in charge 192
12 Treatment of the transitional couple: overt and covert power struggles 211
13 Issues in training and supervision 234
Notes 254
Bibliography 264
Index 272
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