Introduction to The Oxford Handbook of Relationship Science and Couple Interventions

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Oxford University Press


Long-term committed intimate relationships such as marriage are an integral part of our lives and confer many benefits but many couples experience significant relationship distress and about half of all marriages end in divorce. The purpose of this edited volume is to showcase cutting-edge research on couple functioning and interventions, including the development of new guidelines for determining whether a given couple therapy is empirically supported, the relation between couple functioning and individual physical and psychological functioning (e.g., chronic pain, depression, anxiety), the role of genetics in interpersonal processes, best practices for the assessment, prevention, and treatment of couple dysfunction, and the relevance of couple functioning and couple therapy to the structure and utility of classification systems such as the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) and the International Classification of Diseases (/CD).

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The Oxford Handbook of Relationship Science and Couple Interventions

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Oxford Library of Psychology


K.T. Sullivan
E.E. Lawrence


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