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The Wiley-Blackwell Handbook of Couples and Family Relationships [Hardcover]

Patricia Noller , Gery C. Karantzas

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“I would recommend this book to anyone with an interest in the factors and processes that affect relationships and who would like a book that thoroughly describes the most recent research and applications of relevant theories.”  (Journal of Mental Health, 1 March 2014)

“Summing Up: Highly recommended.  Upper-division undergraduates through faculty and professionals.”  (Choice, 1 September 2012)


Perhaps as never before, models of couples and families are changing dramatically in the 21st century. This remarkable and timely collection brings it all together, from description of societal trends to psychological studies of communication, affect, and cognition to implications for health, intervention, and policy. Noller and Karantzas have assembled an outstanding, up-to-date collection of theoretically grounded, empirically rich chapters. This volume is likely to end up one of the most well-worn books on your desk.

-Harry Reis, University of Rochester

This volume provides important, state-of-the art commentaries on the psychological, interpersonal, and social issues that face couples and families. Noller and Karantzas have assembled an excellent group of contributors who skillfully articulate current trends in scholarship and who apply research findings to practical concerns associated with treatment and policy. This is a must read for anyone interested in couple and family relationships.

-Anita L. Vangelisti, University of Texas at Austin

From the Back Cover

The Wiley-Blackwell Handbook of Couples and Family Relationships offers keen insights into ways to confront the unique challenges of relationships in 21st-century Western society. Original contributions from an international cast of leading relationship researchers, practitioners, educators, and policy makers link research, policy, and practice to reflect the most up-to-date knowledge of the myriad issues surrounding contemporary relationships. Themes explored include family structure versus functioning; attachment theory; divorce and family breakdown; communication and conflict; self-regulation, partner regulation, and behavior change; care-giving and parenting; relationship education; and therapy and policy implications. In addition to tackling issues of love, sex, and intimacy, a number of authors focus on specific interventions that can be utilized by professionals in assisting clients achieve more fulfilling relationships.

This handbook is an invaluable resource for counselors, therapists, and others involved in helping couples and families to survive in the current social context.

About the Author

Patricia Noller is Professor Emeritus, University of Queensland. She has published extensively in the areas of marital and family relationships, and adult attachment. Dr. Noller is also a Fellow of the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia and the National Council on Family Relationships (USA).

Gery C. Karantzas is Senior Lecturer in the School of Psychology at Deakin University, and Convenor of the Australian Psychological Society (APS) Psychology of Relationships Interest Group. He has published numerous studies in the area of close personal relationships with a specific interest in investigating couple and family relationships during transitions and in adult attachment.

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