Marriage Counseling: A Casebook

Marriage Counseling: A Casebook

Marriage Counseling: A Casebook

Marriage Counseling: A Casebook

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This casebook, although it presents a wide variety of problems in the whole area of marital and premarital adjustment, is nevertheless basically concerned with the counseling process, as described by one or another marriage counselor. Just as the membership of AAMC is interdisciplinary in composition, so, logically, must the point of view of this book be eclectic in character. It is hoped that readers will be stimulated to re-examine their own techniques by careful consideration of the wide variety of problems, processes, and results presented.

Needs of marriage and family living have to be considered in relation to the times in which they are observed. They are determined by cultural attitudes as well as by world events. They often reflect the conflict between former established family patterns geared to an earlier economy and the needs of today's rapidly changing social scene. The transition from an established, to a new and as yet untried, value system constitutes one of the most important challenges that marriage faces today.

In this century, revolutionary discoveries and global interaction have had a terrific impact on our lives. The social aspects of the business cycle, which used to concern us so much, seem almost trivial when compared to two world wars, the cold war, the draft, and prodigious advances in science and technology. Modern technology has invaded not only the factory but also the home, and many skills required of husbands and wives are quite different from those learned in their parental homes. Fur-

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