Encyclopedia of Couple and Family Therapy

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Spanier, Graham

Living reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-15877-8_774-1


Graham B. Spanier (b. 1948)


Graham Spanier has contributed in various realms related to couples and families that have significantly advanced the field, namely, with the Dyadic Adjustment Scale and extensive research. Spanier has authored over one hundred scholarly publications such as seminal article, “Measuring Dyadic Adjustment: New Scales for Assessing the Quality of Marriage and Similar Dyads,” and several books like Parting: The Aftermath of Separation and Divorce.


Dr. Graham Spanier’s early career was centered on research and scholarship. He earned two degrees from Iowa State University, a bachelor’s degree in sociology with a minor in psychology and mathematics in 1969, followed by a master’s degree in sociology with a minor in psychology in 1971. He holds a Ph.D. in sociology from Northwestern University (1973) where he was a Woodrow Wilson Fellow and NIMH Doctoral Fellow. Dr. Spanier became a professor at Pennsylvania State University where...


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  1. Furstenberg, F. F., & Spanier, G. B. (1984). Recycling the family: Remarriage after divorce. Beverly Hills: Sage Publications.Google Scholar
  2. Miller, J. R. (2003). Encyclopedia of Human Ecology: AH (Vol. 1). ABC-CLIOGoogle Scholar
  3. Naval Postgraduate School Board of Advisors. (2005). President Graham B. Spanier. Retrieved from http://edocs.nps.edu/npspubs/institutional/aboutnps/Biographies/Members/2005/05_Spanier.pdf
  4. Spanier, G. B. (1976). Measuring dyadic adjustment: New scales for assessing the quality of marriage and similar dyads. Journal of Marriage and the Family, 38, 15–28.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  5. Spanier, G. B. (1985). Improve, refine, recast, expand, clarify: Don’t abandon. Journal of Marriage and the Family, 47, 1073–1074.CrossRefGoogle Scholar

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.California School of Professional Psychology – Los Angeles at Alliant International UniversityLos AngelesUSA

Section editors and affiliations

  • Heather Pederson
    • 1
  • Diana Semmelhack
    • 2
  1. 1.Council for RelationshipsPhiladelphiaUSA
  2. 2.Midwestern UniversityDowners GroveUSA