Strengthening Couple Relationships for Optimal Child Development: Lessons from Research and Intervention

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Strengthening Couple Relationships for Optimal Child Development: Lessons from Research and Intervention


Phelps, Kenneth W., Contemporary Sexuality


Strengthening Couple Relationships for Optimal Child Development: Lessons from Research and Intervention. By Marc S. Schulz, Marsha Kline Pruett, Patricia K. Kerig, and Ross D. Parke. Washington, DC: American Psychological Association, 2010. Hardcover, ISBN 13: 978-1-4338-0547-9, $59.95.

The aptly titled Strengthening Couple Relationships for Optimal Child Development is inspired by the foundational work of leading family researchers, Philip and Carolyn Pape Cowan. The editors navigate readers through a diverse landscape of the relevant literature in a volume divided into three sections: the implications of the couple relationship for parenting and child development, the key domains and determinants of couple functioning, and the promotion of healthy relationships. In each chapter, leading scholars review research findings to regarding couples' interpersonal health and the implications of health on aiding or hindering youth on their development. The initial section of the text provides readers with a review of the reciprocity between co-parenting and marital health. As this section progresses, authors explore the problematic effects of boundary dissolution and interparental conflict for children and teens. The second section explores the couple relationship in greater depth. The roles of family of origin and of emotion within the couple system are explored through attachment-based, psychoanalytic, and developmental lenses. The third section delves into a number of contexts where research meets practice including school or court based services, a university-based couples clinic, and recent national initiatives to improve family functioning. …

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