© 2002

Premarital Prediction of Marital Quality or Breakup

Research, Theory, and Practice


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvii
  2. Thomas B. Holman, Steven T. Linford
    Pages 1-27
  3. Thomas B. Holman, Steven T. Linford
    Pages 29-45
  4. David B. Meredith, Thomas B. Holman
    Pages 47-77
  5. Thomas B. Holman, Jeffry H. Larson, Joseph A. Olsen
    Pages 105-117
  6. Cynthia Doxey, Thomas B. Holman
    Pages 119-139
  7. Jason S. Carroll, Thomas B. Holman
    Pages 141-163
  8. Thomas B. Holman, Steven T. Linford, Kent R. Brooks, Suzanne F. Olsen, Clifford Jay Rhoades, Jason S. Carroll
    Pages 165-189
  9. Thomas B. Holman, Jeffry H. Larson, Robert F. Stahmann, Jason S. Carroll
    Pages 191-222
  10. Thomas B. Holman
    Pages 223-232
  11. Back Matter
    Pages 233-328

About this book


This book should be of interest to scholars, researchers, students, and practitioners alike. Scholars, researchers, and students of personal relationship development will recognize in this book the first serious attempt in over 40 years to do a large-scale, longitudinal study of premarital factors that predict premarital breakup and marital quality; they should also appreciate our attempt to develop a theoretical rationale for predicted paths and to test those paths with the best available statistical tools. Practitioners-while generally not as interested in the intricacies of the statistical results-will find much that is useful to them as they help individuals and couples make decisions about their intimate relationships, their readiness for marriage, and how to increase the probability for marital success. Teachers, family life educators, premarital counselors, and clergy will find helpful our “principles for practice,” particularly as described in Chapter 9, as they teach and counsel couples in any premarital situation. My interest in the development of relationships from premarital to marital probably began when I got married in 1972 and started to notice all of the characteristics my wife and I brought from our respective families and how our “new beginning” as a married couple was in many ways the continuation of our premarital relationship, only more refined and more intense. My professional interest began when I did my doctoral dissertation in 198 1 on premarital predictors of early marital satisfaction (the results of that study are reported in Chapter 8).


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Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Brigham Young UniversityProvo

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Premarital Prediction of Marital Quality or Breakup
  • Book Subtitle Research, Theory, and Practice
  • Authors Thomas B. Holman
  • Series Title Longitudinal Research in the Social and Behavioral Sciences: An Interdisciplinary Series
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Kluwer Academic Publishers 2002
  • Publisher Name Springer, Boston, MA
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-0-306-46326-6
  • Softcover ISBN 978-1-4757-7441-2
  • eBook ISBN 978-0-306-47186-5
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XVII, 328
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Child and School Psychology
  • Buy this book on publisher's site


`By focusing on premarital predictors of the development of marital discord, Holman answers a call in the marital literature to more carefully examine courtship and engagement.'
Marriage and Family, 64 (November 2002)