Encyclopedia of Couple and Family Therapy

2019 Edition
| Editors: Jay L. Lebow, Anthony L. Chambers, Douglas C. Breunlin

Sager, Cliff

  • Alejandra CejaEmail author
  • Molly F. Gasbarrini
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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-49425-8_30


Clifford Julius Sager


Clifford Julius Sager, M.D., was born in 1916 and died at 88 years old on August 13, 2005, in Southampton, New York. He was an accomplished psychiatrist and early pioneer in the field of couple therapy and treatment of stepfamilies. He has contributed to scientific literature by authoring more than 90 articles and chapters in the field of psychology. Sager’s methods and developments have been derived from psychoanalytic, behavioral and general systems theories.

Education and Career

Cliff Sager grew up in New York and, by age 12, knew that he aspired to be psychiatrist. Sager graduated from Pennsylvania State University in 1937 and went on to complete his medical degree at New York University School of Medicine in 1941. In addition to maintaining a private practice in New York City, Sager was a professor of clinical psychiatry and attending psychiatrist at Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York from 1971 to 1980. Subsequently, he served as a...

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  1. Sager, C. J. (1976). Marriage contracts and couple therapy: Hidden forces in intimate relationships. New York: Brunner/Mazel, Inc..Google Scholar
  2. Sager, C. J., & Hunt, B. (1979). Intimate partners: Hidden patterns in love relationships. New York: MacGraw-Hill.Google Scholar
  3. Sager, C. J., Kaplan, H. S., Gundlach, R. H., Kremer, M., Lenz, R., & Royce, J. R. (1971). The marriage contract. Family Process, 10, 311–326.  https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1545-5300.1971.00311.x.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  4. Sager, C. J., Brown, H. S., Crohn, H., Engel, T., Rodstein, E., & Walker, L. (1983). Treating the remarried family. New York: Brunner/Mazel, Inc..Google Scholar

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.California School of Professional Psychology, Alliant International UniversityLos AngelesUSA

Section editors and affiliations

  • Jessica Rohlfing Pryor
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  1. 1.The Family Institute at Northwestern UniversityEvanstonUSA