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Lasting Marriages

Lasting Marriages


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About the Book

Based on in-depth interviews by skilled clinicians with husbands and wives who have been married more than 20 years, Mackey and O'Brien explore how spouses adapt to each other from the early years of marriage, through the parenting years, and into the post-parenting or empty-nest years. Purposively selected for inclusion were spouses representing religious, ethnic, racial, and educational diversity. Given increased life expectancies, couples who stay together will remain together for longer periods of time. As longevity extends into the seventies, eighties, and beyond, it is critical to identify the significant dynamics which contribute to satisfaction among couples in stable marriages. This book responds to this need.

Each chapter focuses on an important theme in these long-term marital relationships. Mackey and O'Brien first explore the beginnings of the relationships and the recollections of how respondents were attracted initially. The next chapters focus on dimensions of marriage as they evolve over time. Collective themes emerging from the interviews are explored in relationship to gender, ethnicity, religion, and education. In view of increased life expectancies, couples who stay together will remain together for longer periods of time. As longevity extends into the seventies, eighties, and beyond, it is critical to identify the significant dynamics which contribute to satisfaction among couples in stable marriages. This book responds to this need among sociologists, psychologists, social workers, marriage and family counselors, and general adult readers interested in gender, cultural differences, and interpersonal relationships.


About the Author:

RICHARD A. MACKEY is Professor, Graduate School of Social Work, Boston College.

BERNARD A. O'BRIEN is Associate Professor, Department of Counseling, Developmental Psychology, and Research Methods, Boston College. Among their earlier publications are Ego Psychology and Clinical Practice and articles in Journal of Teaching in Social Work, and Social Work with Groups. The authors have extensive experience in the practice of marital therapy.


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Product Details
  • ISBN-13: 9780275950750
  • Publisher: Praeger
  • Publisher Imprint: Praeger
  • Height: 242 mm
  • No of Pages: 208
  • Series Title: English
  • Weight: 464 gr
  • ISBN-10: 0275950751
  • Publisher Date: 30 Jun 1995
  • Binding: Hardback
  • Language: English
  • Returnable: Y
  • Spine Width: 22 mm
  • Width: 163 mm


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