Couple Resilience

Emerging Perspectives

  • Karen Skerrett
  • Karen Fergus

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xx
  2. Couple Resilience and We-ness

  3. Resilient Processes and Applications to Specific Populations

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 43-43
    2. Arlene Istar Lev
      Pages 45-61
    3. Andrea M. Beck, John W. Robinson
      Pages 63-82
    4. Brent J. Atkinson
      Pages 107-120
  4. Investigations into Facets of Couple Resilience

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 121-121
    2. Nicole Alea, Jefferson A. Singer, Beata Labunko
      Pages 163-177
    3. Catalina Woldarsky Meneses, Leslie S. Greenberg
      Pages 179-196
  5. Looking Back, Moving Forward

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 197-197
    2. Karen Fergus, Karen Skerrett
      Pages 199-210

About this book


This distinctive volume expands our understanding of couple resilience by identifying and exploring specific mechanisms unique to intimate relationships that facilitate positive adaptation to life challenges.  Committed partnerships represent a unique form of relational alliance that offers an opportunity and challenge to go beyond the self - to develop as individuals and as a relationship. The contributors to this volume represent a range of perspectives that integrate conventional relationship science and innovative empirical and theoretical work on the importance of meaning-making, narrative construction, intersubjectivity, forgiveness, and positive emotion in couple life. The volume also offers a unique anchor point - ‘We-ness’ as it relates to the intersection between shared, and personal identity and well-being. Under-examined relational contexts such as resilience among LGBT partners and sexual resilience during illness adds further refinement of thought and application.       


Creation of Meaning Dyadic Coping among Couples with HIV Dyadic Resilience and Coping Fostering Couple Resilienece Intersubjectivity Theory and Resilience Marital Satisfaction Relational Intimacy Model of Sexual Motivation Relationship Resilience Relationship-Defining Memories Resilience in Lesbian and Gay Couples Self and Experience of 'We-Ness' Sexual Resilience in Couples Supporting Relational Positivity Systemic-Constructivist-Couple-Therapy The Resilience of Marriage We-Coping Well-Being in Couples

Editors and affiliations

  • Karen Skerrett
    • 1
  • Karen Fergus
    • 2
  1. 1.Ctr. for Applied Psychol. Study at Northwestern Univ.The Family Institute/EvanstonUSA
  2. 2.Department of PsychologyYork UniversityTorontoCanada

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