Getting Connected, Staying Connected: Loving One Another, Day by Day

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iUniverse, Jun 22, 2012 - Family & Relationships - 256 pages
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Couples and families have it in their power to be happy with each other and create a pleasant and peaceful home environment in which they live together.

Our aim in writing about getting connected and staying connected is to accentuate the positive to show clearly and simply how happy couple and family relationships are created and maintained over time. We will be continuously demonstrating what works well in creating strong, enduring relationships. The focus will be on six key couple and family strengths:

1) appreciation and affection for each other;
2) commitment to the family;
3) positive communication;
4) enjoyable time together;
5) a sense of spiritual well-being and shared values; and
6) the ability to manage stress and crisis effectively.
 

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Contents

Chapter 1
1
Chapter 2
12
Chapter 3
33
Chapter 4
44
Chapter 5
57
Chapter 6
68
Chapter 7
85
Chapter 8
97
Chapter 11
142
Chapter 12
156
Chapter 13
172
Chapter 14
191
Chapter 15
205
Readings for Greater Understanding
223
References
231
Index
239

Chapter 9
111
Chapter 10
126

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About the author (2012)

Dr. John DeFrain is a Professor Emeritus of Family Studies at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln. His work focuses on the development of strong couples and families nationally and internationally. Among his most recent books are Marriages and Families: Intimacy, Diversity, and Strengths (8th Edition), and Strong Families Around the World: Strengths-Based Research and Perspectives.

The University of Nebraska–Lincoln Extension Family Action Research and Writing Team has been working together the past decade on written materials to help strengthen couple and family relationships. The team’s first book, Family Treasures: Creating Strong Families, presented more than 60 activities to help develop the six key couple and family strengths. The Research and Writing Team was the recipient of an Annie E. Casey Foundation/4-H Youth Development Strengthening Families Award for their efforts.

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