Couples on the Fault Line: New Directions for Therapists

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Peggy Papp
Guilford Press, Jul 15, 2001 - Psychology - 344 pages
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 relationships today. This cutting-edge book brings together prominent marital and family therapists to explore the new challenges--and opportunities--facing couples and the clinicians who work with them. Illustrated with vivid case material, the volume presents a range of approaches to helping couples reconsider and reorder their life priorities around such central issues as love, marriage, parenting, commitment, intimacy, and aging.

The authors of these chapters represent many different outlooks and areas of expertise. What they share is the ability to translate social awareness into clinical practice--reexamining and reevaluating accepted family therapy models and techniques in light of the changing contexts in which couples live. Illuminating the many ways that the private world of the couple is affected by outside social, cultural, and technological forces, chapters cover such topics as:

*Making time for each other in the information age
*Delayed parenting, reproductive technologies, and the crisis of infertility
*Divorce, remarriages, and growing old together
*Multiculturalism in the family--issues facing cross-cultural couples
*Myths and realities of gender roles today
*Working with gay and lesbian couples
*Current approaches to domestic violence
*Treating depression in the couple therapy context

Offering fresh perspectives and cogent clinical insights, this book is a vital resource for therapists working with couples and for advanced students of family therapy, social work, clinical psychology, and psychiatry. In the classroom, it will serve as a supplemental text in courses on the family life cycle and the treatment of couples.
 

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Contents

New Directions for Therapists
1
The ThreeCareer Family
29
The New Triangle Couples and Technology
48
Clocks Calendars and Couples Time and the Rhythms of Relationships
63
Infertility and LateLife Pregnancies
104
Gender Differences in Depression His or Her Depression
130
Embracing the Controversy A Metasystemic Approach to the treatment of Domestic Violence
152
A Tourists View of Marriage CrossCultural Couples Challenges Choices and Implications for Therapy
178
Therapy with African American Couples
205
Men Together Working with Gay Couples in Contemporary Times
222
Lesbian Couples Entering the 21 st Century
257
Remarriage Redesigning Couplehood
284
Reflections on Golden Pond
312
Index
335
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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.

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