Marriage at Midlife: Counseling Strategies and Analytical Tools

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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.

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    About the Author:

    Vincent R. Waldron is a Professor of Communication Studies (College of Human Services) at Arizona State University, where he is also affiliated member of the gerontology faculty. Douglas L. Kelley is an Associate Professor of Communication Studies (College of Human Services) at Arizona State University, where he teaches courses such as Family Communication, Inner-City Families, Communication in Personal Relationships, and Conflict Management.

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    This book can make a difference in people's lives. I value and applaud Dr. Kelley's and Dr. Waldron's use of their extensive knowledge, experience, and insight to write a book that empowers people to take charge of their marriage at mid-life (and in reality, this book would help married couples of all stages) through communication. The authors use accessible language, clear examples, and offer pragmatic advice for couples and for marriage counselors working with married couples. This book is timely and necessary.

    --Maureen Keeley, PhD Professor, Dept. of Communication Studies, Texas State University

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