Communicating in Relationships: A Guide for Couples and Professionals

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Research Press, 1993 - Reference - 267 pages
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Addresses the behavioral, affective, and cognitive aspects of communicating in relationships. The book can be used by couples as a self-help guide, by professionals as an adjunct to therapy, or as a supplementary text for related college courses.

Numerous readings are interspersed with 44 exercises that provide a hands-on approach to learning. The authors outline 18 steps for developing communication skills and describe procedures for integrating the skills into relationships.

Appendices summarize the empirical basis of the approach and provide psychometric information on the measures used.

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Contents

CHAPTER
1
Figures and Tables
12
TABLES
77
Intermediate Steps
97
Listening Actively
108
Knowing When to Problem Solve
114
Solving Versus Dealing With Problems
121
Making a Contract
127
Enhancing the Spiritual Dimension of Your Relationship
177
What If It Seems Hopeless? Breakup or Divorce
185
Communication in Divorce
203
Conclusion
209
A ResearchOriented Perspective for Professionals
219
What Have We Learned From Basic Research
232
Conclusion
240
Author Index
253

Maintaining Your Progress and Communicating With Others
148
Communicating With Others 159
155
Dual Careers Spirituality and Sex
167
About the Authors
267
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About the author (1993)

Frank D. Fincham obtained a doctoral degree in social psychology as a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford University. He then completed postdoctoral training in clinical psychology at Stony Brook University before assuming a position as assistant professor at the University of Illinois, where he ultimately became a professor and the Director of Clinical Training. He was a SUNY Distinguished Professor at the University at Buffalo before assuming his current position as Eminent Scholar at The Florida State University. The author of more than 180 publications, his research has been widely recognized by numerous awards, including the Berscheid-Hatfield Award for sustained, substantial, and distinguished contributions to the field of personal relationships from the International Network on Personal Relationships and the President's Award for "distinguished contributions to psychological knowledge" from the British Psychological Society. A Fellow of five different professional societies, Fincham has been listed among the top 25 psychologists in the world in terms of impact (defined as number of citations per paper).

Keith Humphreys is Professor of Psychiatry, Stanford University, and Research Career Scientist, Department of Veterans Affairs, Palo Alto, USA.

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