Academic journal article Family Relations

Teenage Couples: Caring, Commitment and Change. How to Build a Relationship That Lasts

Academic journal article Family Relations

Teenage Couples: Caring, Commitment and Change. How to Build a Relationship That Lasts

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Lindsay, Jeanne Warren. (1995). Teenage Couples: Caring, Commitment and Change. How to Build a Relationship That Lasts. Buena Park, CA: Morning Glory Press. 206 pp. Paper ISBN 0-930934-93-8, price $9.95.

Based on interviews with 80 young people, Lindsay conveys both her own and young people's ideas and feelings about important relationship issues. In this essentially how-to book, Lindsay combines her own commentary with teens' own voices and some references to research literature. Lindsay does not discuss the theoretical underpinnings that guide the comments and suggestions she makes, and the reader is told only that the book is based on "information, opinions, and suggestions" from the 80 young people who were "interviewed extensively." Perhaps the reader is not given more information about research and theory because the book was written primarily for the general public rather than professionals.

Lindsay addresses many issues, often giving the reader tools to make the issues personally relevant (e.g., The Marriage Expectations Survey). Included are sections on examining one's expectations for a relationship/partner, dealing with changes in relationships, knowing if your partner is "right" for you, dealing with cultural differences in relationships, and practicing effective communication.

Also included are substantive issues such as how to build trust and intimacy in a relationship; how to avoid, or walk away from, verbal and physical abuse; and how to end a relationship. …

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