The chapters in this volume were developed as a follow-up to the Summer Institute entitled "Continuity and Change: Family Structure and Process" conducted by the second Family Research Consortium. The goal of this book is to provide readers with a greater understanding of both the conceptual issues involved in the study of continuity and change in families, and also some of the methodological approaches that have been developed for investigating families over time.
Contents: Preface. Part I: Studying Continuity and Change in Family Relationships. R.D. Conger, F.O. Lorenz, K.A.S. Wickrama, Changing Families in Changing Times. F.O. Lorenz, K.A.S. Wickrama, R.D. Conger, Modeling Continuity and Change in Family Relationships With Panel Data. Part II: The Course of Marriage and Romantic Relationships. B.R. Karney, T.N. Bradbury, Trajectories of Change During the Early Years of Marriage. F.O. Lorenz, J. Hraba, Chronic and Changing Marital Instability and Physical Illness: Trajectories of Czech Couples. K.A.S. Wickrama, C.M. Bryant, R.D. Conger, J.M. Brennom, Change and Continuity in Marital Relationships During the Middle Years. S.E. Smith, T.L. Huston, How and Why Marriages Change Over Time: Shifting Patterns of Companionship and Partnership. S. Hartman, P.A. Olmos-Gallo, S. Barrueco, H. Markman, Reality Testing in Premarital Intervention: A "Progressive" Approach to Effecting Change in Marriage. Part III: Understanding Change in Parent-Child Relationships. M.J. Cox, M. Burchinal, L.C. Taylor, C. Frosch, B. Goldman, K. Kanoy, The Transition to Parenting: Continuity and Change in Early Parenting Behavior and Attitudes. L.V. Scaramella, R.D. Conger, Continuity Versus Discontinuity in Parent and Adolescent Negative Affect. D.S. DeGarmo, M.S. Forgatch, Putting Problem Solving to the Test: Replicating Experimental Interventions for Preventing Youngsters' Problem Behaviors. Part IV: Examining Sibling Relationships Over Time. C. Slomkowski, B. Manke, Sibling Relations During Childhood: Multiple Perceptions From Multiple Perspectives. K.J. Conger, C.M. Bryant, J.M. Brennom, The Changing Nature of Adolescent Sibling Relationships: A Theoretical Framework for Evaluating the Role of Relationship Quality. L. Kramer, Experimental Interventions in Sibling Relations. Part V: Reviewing the Evidence. R.D. Conger, F.O. Lorenz, K.A.S. Wickrama, Studying Change in Family Relationships: The Findings and Their Implications.