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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.

Social Support Therapy with Couples
Social support therapy with couples

Bill and Kathy had lived in the same small college town for 22 years. They never thought they would move away until Bill received a job offer from a university in a larger city. The new position offered many opportunities for Bill, so they decided to move. Kathy, who had worked as the honors coordinator for the college where Bill had previously taught, was not able to find employment for many months after the move. The new university was more impersonal than the smaller school where she had worked before and showed little interest in helping Kathy find suitable employment. Kathy applied for many jobs but received no offers that interested her. Bill describes his failed ...

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