The Developmental Course of Marital Dysfunction

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How do marriages become unhappy? How do marriages change? What theories and methods can best illuminate our understanding of marital development? As the first comprehensive volume to explore how marriages develop and deteriorate, The Developmental Course of Marital Dysfunction brings together leading scholars to present recent research on the longitudinal course of marriage.
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List of Contributors
Introduction: The Developmental Course of Marital Dysfunction 1
1 Communication in Early Marriage: Responses to Conflict, Nonverbal Accuracy, and Conversational Patterns 11
2 Marital Aggression, Quality, and Stability in the First Year of Marriage: Findings from the Buffalo Newlywed Study 44
3 Accommodation Processes During the Early Years of Marriage 74
4 The Psychological Infrastructure of Courtship and Marriage: The Role of Personality and Compatibility in Romantic Relationships 114
5 Happiness in Stable Marriages: The Early Years 152
6 Developmental Changes in Marital Satisfaction: A 6-Year Prospective Longitudinal Study of Newlywed Couples 180
7 The Development of Marriage: A 9-Year Perspective 205
8 Premarital Predictors of Relationship Outcomes: A 15-Year Follow-up of the Boston Couples Study 237
9 Optimizing Longitudinal Research for Understanding and Preventing Marital Dysfunction 279
10 Socialization into Marital Roles: Testing a Contextual, Developmental Model of Marital Functioning 312
11 Physical Aggression in Marriage: A Developmental Analysis 343
12 On Intervention and Relationship Events: A Marital Therapist Looks at Longitudinal Research on Marriage 377
13 A Developmentalist's Perspective on Marital Change 393
14 Couples, Gender, and Time: Comments on Method 410
15 On the Etiology of Marital Decay and Its Consequences: Comments from a Clinical Psychologist 423
16 Problems and Prospects in Longitudinal Research on Marriage: A Sociologist's Perspective 427
17 A Social Psychological View of Marital Dysfunction and Stability 441
Author Index 461
Subject Index 470
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