Marriage at Midlife

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Marriage at Midlife

SKU# 9780826125620

Counseling Strategies and Analytical Tools

Author: Vincent R. Waldron PhD, Douglas L. Kelley PhD

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[This book] provides a perceptive, research based, and pragmatic approach to working with couples seeking reconnection after years of childrearing....Marriage at Midlife should take center stage on every counselor's bookshelf."

--Kathleen M. Galvin, PhD

Professor, Communication Studies,

Northwestern University

The middle period of married life-what the authors call the "centerstage"-is often the "make or break" point in a lifelong relationship. Marriage at Midlife provides counselors, mental health professionals, and marriage educators with the tools they need to assist couples who are experiencing the challenges of the post-childrearing years. The authors take a resilience-based approach to help couples preserve and improve long, satisfying relationships.

This book is enriched with the authors' experience with couples who have been married between 20 and 50 years. Each chapter contains an opening narrative about a real-life couple, a section identifying sources of distress, a section outlining the analytical tools needed for each challenge, and questions and exercises for clients. Throughout the book are bulleted lists with quick advice for couples on a range of topics, such as suggested shared activities or tips for managing stress.

Learn how to help couples:

  • Reinvent and deepen their marriage through improved communication
  • Forgive past transgressions and choose new, meaningful, shared activities

    Adapt to midlife challenges, such as job loss, relocation, and returning to school

    Handle the stress of illness and caregiving

    Redefine relationships with "boomerang kids," adult children, and grandchildren

    With this book, counselors will obtain both the skills and the insight needed to help couples reimagine their relationships at this pivotal stage in their lives.

    Product Details 

    • Publication Date March 16, 2009
    • Page Count 288
    • Product Form Paperback / softback
    • ISBN 13 9780826125620
    • EISBN 9780826125637

    Table of Contents 

    Contributors
    Preface
    Chapter 1: Guiding Perspectives and Analytical Tools
    Defining the "Centerstage" Marriage
    The Empty Nest-an Empty Metaphor?
    Our Research: How Did We Learn About Centerstage Marriages?
    Five Couples: Five Different Challenges
    How to Use This Book
    A Guiding Perspective: Communicating Across the Life course
    Accounting for Differences among Clients: Culture, Gender, and Religion
    Understanding Centerstage Couples: Three Frameworks
    "Best Practices" of Centerstage Couples
    Concluding Thoughts: Remodeling the Empty Nest
    References
    PART 1: RECOUPLING: OPTIMIZING RELATIONAL PROCESSES
    Chapter 2: Improving Communication
    Reassessing Familiar Patterns
    Building Communication Capacity
    Sources of Distress
    Analytical Tools
    Working with Clients
    Concluding Thoughts
    References
    Questions for Clients
    Exercises
    Defining Forgiveness as a Relational Negotiation
    Why Forgive?
    What Forgiveness Is Not
    Sources of Distress
    Analytical Tools
    Working with Clients
    Concluding Thoughts
    References
    Questions for Clients
    Exercises
    Chapter 4: Finding New and Meaningful Activities
    Constraints on Activity During Childrearing
    Midlife Transitions: Finding Fulfillment in New Patterns of Activity
    Sources of Distress
    Analytical Tools
    Working with Clients
    Emerging Opportunities for Meaningful Engagement: Examples for Clients
    Significant Service
    Concluding Thoughts
    References
    Questions for Clients
    Exercises
    PART 2: RETOOLING: ADAPTING to MIDLIFE EVENTS
    Chapter 5: New Career Directions: Coping with Job Loss and Returning to School Job Loss
    Returning to School
    Sources of Distress
    Analytical Tools
    Working with Clients
    Concluding Thoughts
    References
    Questions for Clients
    Exercises
    Chapter 6: Managing Boundaries: Boomerang Kids, Adult Children, and Grandparenting Boomerang Kids
    Helping Adult Children
    Grandparenting
    Sources of Distress
    Analytical Tools
    Working with Clients
    Concluding Thoughts
    References
    Questions for Clients
    Exercises
    Understanding the Relocation Experience
    Chapter 7: Relocation at Midlife: Marking a New Era
    Sources of Distress
    Analytical Tools
    Working with Clients
    Concluding Thoughts
    References
    Sources of Distress
    Analytical Tools
    Working with Clients
    Concluding Thoughts
    References
    Questions for Clients
    Exercises
    Chapter 9: Conclusion: Reimagining the Empty Nest: Helping Clients Think Differently
    Alternative Metaphors
    Best Practices Revisited
    Appendix A: Resources