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1st Edition

Couples in Conflict
Classic Edition

ISBN 9781138906624
Published December 21, 2015 by Routledge
316 Pages

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Book Description

This classic volume provides a solid foundation for thinking about creative ways in which our society can work to prevent or minimize destructive couple conflict and enhance couples' abilities to constructively handle their differences. A common thread throughout is that constructive conflict and negotiation are beneficial for relationships. The new introduction provides an overview of how this classic text is still relevant today.

Divided into four parts, this book:

*addresses the societal and bio-evolutionary underpinnings of couple conflict;

*presents the interpersonal roots of couple conflict and the consequences for individuals and couples;

*discusses what effects couple conflict have on children and how individual differences in children moderate these effects;

*outlines policies and programs that address couple conflict; and

* concludes with an essay that pulls these four themes together and points to new directions for research and program efforts.

This book serves as a supplement in graduate or advanced undergraduate courses on interpersonal relationships, couples and/or family and conflict, divorce, couples and/or family therapy taught in human development and family studies, clinical or counseling psychology, social work, sociology, and communications and it is also a helpful compendium for researchers and clinicians/counselors interested in couple conflict.

Table of Contents

Preface.  Introduction to the Classic Edition.  Part I:  What Are the Societal and Bioevolutionary Underpinnings of Couple Conflict?  M. Wilson, M. Daly,  The Evolutionary Psychology of Couple Conflict in Registered Versus de Facto Marital Unions J. Belsky,  Marital Violence in Evolutionary Perspective. F.K. Goldscheider,  Men's Changing Family Relationships. R.L. Repetti,  Searching for the Roots of Marital Conflict in Uxoricides and Uxorious Husbands.  Part II: What Are the Interpersonal Roots of Couple Conflict? What Are the Consequences for Individuals and Couples? T. Bradbury, R. Rogge, E. Lawrence,  Reconsidering the Role of Conflict in Marriage. S.R.H. Beach,  Expanding the Study of Dyadic Conflict: The Potential Role of Self-Evaluation Maintenance Processes. M.P. Johnson,  Conflict and Control: Images of Symmetry and Asymmetry in Domestic Violence. J.V. Cordova,  Broadening the Scope of Couples Research: Pragmatics and Prevention.  Part III: What Effect Does Couple Conflict Have on Children? How Do Individual Differences in Children Moderate These Effects? E.M. Cummings, M.C. Goeke-Morey, L.M. Papp,  Couple Conflict, Children, and Families: It's Not Just You and Me, Babe. C.M. Buchanan, R. Waizenhofer,  The Impact of Interparental Conflict on Adolescent Children: Considerations of Family Systems and Family Structure. R.D. Conger,  Understanding Child and Adolescent Response to Caregiver Conflict: Some Observations on Context, Process, and Method. J.H. Grych,  Increasing Precision in the Study of Interparental Conflict and Child Adjustment.  Part IV: What Policies and Programs Influence Couple Conflict? What Works? What Doesn't Work? Where Do We Go From Here? M.R. Sanders,  Helping Families Change: From Clinical Interventions to Population-Based Strategies. R.J. Gelles,  The Challenge of Changing Couples. T. Ooms,  Policy Responses to Couple Conflict and Domestic Violence: A Framework for Discussion. R.E. Emery,  Behavioral Family Intervention: Less "Behavior" and More "Family." C. Knoester, T.L. Afifi,  Reviewing Couples in Conflict.

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Alan Booth is Distinguished Emeritus Professor of Sociology, Human Development, and Demography at The Pennsylvania State University.

Ann (Nan) C. Crouter is the Raymond and Erin Stuart Schultz Dean of the College of Health and Human Development and Professor of Human Development at Penn State University. 

Mari L. Clements is Dean of the School of Psychology and a Professor of Psychology at Fuller Theological Seminary.

Tanya Boone-Holladay is Chair & Associate Professor of Psychology at California State University, Bakersfield.


"Scholars and practitioners alike agree that assessing how couples deal with conflict is the gold standard for evaluating couple well-being, and Couples in Conflict is the gold standard for research on the topic of conflict. The volume approaches its subject matter from diverse perspectives, all of which are foundational to a deep understanding of what conflict means for couples and families, and how interventions might be framed most effectively.…The chapters are still informative, highly relevant, and compelling." – Harry Reis, University of Rochester, USA

"Couples in Conflict is proof positive that great things happen when outstanding scholars come together. ...The editors assembled a remarkable cast of authors to cover a broad range of topics. Although published more than a decade ago, Booth and colleagues’ text is still a useful and relevant resource for researchers, teachers, and practitioners alike. Given the tremendous changes in contemporary coupling, a classic version of this text will help reignite the discussion of the ups and downs of relational conflict." – Brian Ogolsky, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, USA

"I have regularly used … Couples in Conflict as a reference book. Despite being originally published in 2001, this edited volume is still relevant, timely, and thought-provoking. The book’s contributors are leaders in the field and still represent a veritable "Who’s Who?" of researchers in the broad area of couple conflict and aggression." – Mark A. Fine, University of North Carolina at Greensboro, USA