Marriage in the 20th Century in Western Civilization: Trends, Research, Therapy, and Perspectives

Marriage in the 20th Century in Western Civilization: Trends, Research, Therapy, and Perspectives

By: William Pinsof (editor)Paperback

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The twentieth century has been a time of immense change in virtually every facet of human life in the West. This edited volume examines how marriage, and how we theorize about marriage, has been transformed. The essays included address shifting marital trends, marriage as the focus of scientific study and the object of psychotherapeutic intervention, the impact of feminism and women's changing roles on marriage, research and treatment, and the legacy of slavery and pervasive racism on the marriage patterns of African Americans. The place of marriage within today's single parent, bi-nuclear and remarried families has gotten more ambiguous and complex. This book clarifies and explains many of the changes in marriage, marital research, and couples therapy in the 20th century in the West, emphasizing the need for new theory, research, and practice to take a more multifaceted and diverse perspective on marriage, divorce, and human pair-bonding in general into the twenty-first century.

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Dr. William Pinsof, Ph.D., is a clinical psychologist and a marital and family therapist. He is the President of The Family Institute at Northwestern University, Director of the Center for Applied Psychological and Family Studies at Northwestern and a Clinical Professor in Northwestern's Department of Psychology. He has edited (with Leslie Greenberg) The Psychotherapeutic Process: A Research Handbook, (1986) and a special issue (with Lyman C. Wynne) of the Journal of Marital and Family Therapy (1995) dedicated to reviewing all of the controlled research on the outcomes of couple and family therapy. His work on psychotherapy integration culminated in the publication of Integrative Problem Centered Therapy: A Synthesis of Family, Individual and Biogogical Therapies (1995).


1. Introduction to the Special Issue on Marriage in the 20th Century in Western Civilization: Trends, Research, Therapy, and Perspectives: William M. Pinsof (Northwestern University)2. The Death of "Till Death Us Do Part": The Transformation of Pair-Bonding in the 20th Century: William M. Pinsof (Northwestern University)3. Marital Research in the 20th Century and a Research Agenda for the 21st Century: John M. Gottman (University of Washington) and Clifford I. Notarius4. The History of Couple Therapy: A Millenial Review: Alan S. Gurman (University of Wisconsin) and Peter Fraenkel (City College of New York)5. Marriage in the 20th Century: A Feminist Perspective: Cheryl Rampage (Northwestern University)6. African American Marriage in the 20th Century: Elaine B. Pinderhughes (Boston College)

Product Details

  • publication date: 16/09/2002
  • ISBN13: 9781405127189
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 152
  • ID: 9781405127189
  • weight: 272
  • ISBN10: 140512718X

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