Academic journal article Journal of Marital and Family Therapy

Close Relationships: What Couple Therapists Can Learn

Academic journal article Journal of Marital and Family Therapy

Close Relationships: What Couple Therapists Can Learn

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Hendrick, S. S. (1995). Close relationships: What couple therapists can learn. Pacific Grove, CA: Brooks/Cole, 147 pp., no price.

Since I now have a PhD in family studies and am a therapist in training, I can truly appreciate Hendrick's attempt to bridge theories and research in close relationships and clinical practice. In a clear, reader-friendly style, Hendrick summarized for therapists the rich and developing literature on close, personal relationships. At the end of each chapter, she gives a case example to illustrate how therapists can use the presented literature in therapy.

The chapters are arranged chronologically from relationship initation and development, to relationship maintenance and progression, to relationship dissolution. The last chapter is devoted to professional and ethical issues that are important for therapists to consider. The greatest strength of this book is that it communicates some of the representative theory and research of close relationships in an engaging manner. …

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