The Marriage Clinic: A Scientifically Based Marital Therapy / Edition 1

The Marriage Clinic: A Scientifically Based Marital Therapy / Edition 1

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by John M. Gottman
     
 

ISBN-10: 0393702820

ISBN-13: 9780393702828

Pub. Date: 08/01/1999

Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.

The Marriage Clinic presents a complete marital therapy program based on John Gottman's much heralded research on marital success and failure.
Here one will find not only a wide range of succinct and useful assessment procedures, but also a highly specific, research-based, and modularized treatment program. In addition, there are dozens of questionnaires and

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The Marriage Clinic presents a complete marital therapy program based on John Gottman's much heralded research on marital success and failure.
Here one will find not only a wide range of succinct and useful assessment procedures, but also a highly specific, research-based, and modularized treatment program. In addition, there are dozens of questionnaires and interview protocols to be used in both assessment and intervention.
In prospective, long-term research with over 700 couples, Gottman has discovered certain factors that distinguish happy, stable couples from both unstable, ultimately divorcing couples and stable but unhappy couples. These findings, which are explained here in understandable, nontechnical language, form the basis of his Sound Marital House theory of marriage, which guides the new therapy. This therapy has two goals: changing the marital friendship and teaching couples to regulate conflict.
Despite the high aims of much marital therapy, Gottman found that most marital conflicts involve fundamentally unresolvable relationship issues called "perpetual problems." He shows how therapists can help spouses move from gridlock to dialogue on these issues. Solvable problems can be resolved more easily when the couple has a strong marital friendship. He gives therapists the tools to teach spouses five fundamental skills to develop and strengthen their friendship: softened start-up, accepting influence, repair and de-escalation, compromise, and physiological soothing.
Gottman compares his clinic to a restaurant, where clients are offered a menu of treatment formats, from psychoeducation for specific issues to extended therapy to repair a badly damaged marital friendship. Therapists, too, can choose among the questionnaires and strategies for those that fit the needs of particular couples. Whatever their choice, they will find that their practice is greatly enriched by the scientifically-based offerings of The Marriage Clinic.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780393702828
Publisher:
Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date:
08/01/1999
Series:
Norton Professional Bks.
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
452
Sales rank:
202,717
Product dimensions:
6.60(w) x 9.60(h) x 1.60(d)

Table of Contents

Pt. IResearch and Theory1
Ch. 1Myths and Mistakes of Marital Therapy3
Ch. 2Repair and the Core Triad of Balance31
Ch. 3The Sound Marital House: A Theory of Marriage87
Pt. IIAssessment111
Ch. 4The Assessment of Marriage113
Ch. 5The Disasters and Masters of Marriage161
Pt. IIIIntervention177
Ch. 6Assumptions and Intervention Overview179
Ch. 7Enhancing the Marital Friendship201
Ch. 8Solving What Is Solvable218
Ch. 9Living with the Inevitable234
Ch. 10Life Dreams and Shared Meanings260
Ch. 11Resistance to Change266
Ch. 12Avoiding Relapse281
Ch. 13Pulling It All Together: Working as a Team and Terminating Therapy292
Ch. 14Emotion and Meta-emotion307
Ch. 15Buffering Children from Marital Conflict322
Afterword332
Appendices335
References423
Index443

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