1st Edition

Couples on the Fault Line
New Directions for Therapists

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ISBN 9781572307056
Published June 14, 2000 by Guilford Press
344 Pages

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Book Description

Couple therapy is no longer simply a matter of helping couples adjust to the different stages of the life cycle: the life cycle itself has changed. Advances in reproductive technology, the rise of electronic communication, increasing time pressures of daily life, the continuing transformation of gender roles, and the loosening of constraints on same-sex and cross-cultural partnerships are just some of the developments reshaping couple relationships today. This cutting-edge book brings together prominent marital and family therapists to explore the new challenges--and opportunities for growth--facing diverse couples and the clinicians who work with them. Illustrated with vivid case material, the volume presents a range of approaches to helping couples reorder and reconsider their life priorities around such central issues as love, marriage, parenting, commitment, intimacy, and aging. Representing many different outlooks and areas of expertise, contributors offer vital therapeutic perspectives that connect the private world of couples to the changing contexts in which they live.

Table of Contents

1. New Directions for Therapists, Peggy Papp
2. The Three-Career Family, Lawrence Levner
3. The New Triangle: Couples and Technology, Evan Imber-Black
4. Clocks, Calendars, and Couples: Time and the Rhythms of Relationships, Peter Fraenkel and Skye Wilson
5. Infertility and Late-Life Pregnancies, Constance N. Scharf and Margot Weinshel
6. Gender Differences in Depression: His or Her Depression, Peggy Papp
7. Embracing the Controversy: A Metasystemic Approach to the Treatment of
Domestic Violence, Wendy Greenspun
8. A Tourist's View of Marriage: Cross-Cultural Couples--Challenges, Choices, and Implications for Therapy, Esther Perel
9. Therapy with African American Couples, Lascelles W. Black
10. Men Together: Working with Gay Couples in Contemporary Times, Gary L. Sanders
11. Lesbian Couples Entering the 21st Century, Carline Marvin and Dusty Miller
12. Remarriage: Redesigning Couplehood, Anne C. Bernstein
13. Reflections on Golden Pond, Ruth Mohr

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Peggy Papp, MSW, is a senior training supervisor and director of the Depression Project at the Ackerman Institute for the Family in New York City. A former board member of Family Process, she was a cofounder of the Women's Project in Family Therapy. She was an associate director of the Center for Family Learning and has served on the faculty of the Philadelphia Child Guidance Clinic and the Family Studies Center of the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. Ms. Papp's innovative contributions to the field of family therapy have been recognized with awards from the American Family Therapy Academy and the American Association for Marital and Family Therapy.


'What is enduring about families, and what is changing? How are we to translate those equally valid dimensions into therapeutic practice? To answer these questions, Peggy Papp, with her wisdom and broad experience--her sure sense of what is gold and what is dross--has assembled this quite wonderful volume. The topics represented here are critical to couples' lives in these times. The authors take seriously the new realities of our world; changing gender relations and infertility technology, for example. They also are ever mindful of unchanging elements of the human need for intimacy. This book will be valuable to a wide range of readers. Students and practitioners in the human sciences will return to it often for guidance and encouragement.' - Donald A. Bloch, MD, Co-Chair, Collaborative Family Healthcare Coalition