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Expressions of support between partners may be more commonplace than heroic, but their cumulative effects on the growth of trust, enduring love, and commitment can be considerable--even lifesaving in the face of otherwise overwhelming tragedy. Skillfully weaving together the latest research with engaging case examples and practical applications, author Carolyn E. Cutrona offers an in-depth analysis of how committed partners can serve as resources for each other in stressful scenarios. Beginning with a fresh overview of definitions and concepts, Social Support in Couples articulates the vital components of intimate support systems. This informative volume explores the phenomenon of marital communication through real-life interactions, focusing on gender-related differences, the interplay between supportive and destructive interactions, and stress experienced during chronic/disabling illness. In a concluding chapter, a research agenda for future study opens the topic up to additional serious consideration. A reader-friendly examination of the power of supportive acts, Social Support in Couples is recommended for a wide readership, including academics, practitioners, and students in family studies, social psychology, social work, and marriage and family counseling.

In Sickness and in Health: When One Partner Has a Serious Illness
In sickness and in health: When one partner has a serious illness

Beth remembers a scene between her parents during the final year of her mother's battle against cancer:

“My mother had lost almost 50 pounds—her stomach was constantly upset and irritated and her appetite was pretty much gone. One day she asked my father, who was doing all the housework and cooking by then, to make her some canned mushroom soup. She made a big point of telling him to stir it until the lumps dissolved. When he brought the hot soup to her 15 minutes later, she wept tears of rage and disappointment. ‘It's lumpy! It's all full of big lumps! Didn't you ...

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