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Is Never Enough: How Couples Can Overcome Misunderstanding, Resolve Conflicts
and Solve Relationship Problems Through Cognitive Therapy
Aaron T Beck M.D., Harper and Row, New York, 1988
With eloquence and accessibility Dr. Aaron T. Beck analyzes the
actual dialogue of troubled couples to illuminate the most common problems
in marriage—the power of negative thinking, disillusionment, rigid
rules and expectations, and miscommunication.
New Couple: Why the Old Rules Don’t Work and What Does
Maurice Taylor, M.A. and Seana McGee, M.A., HarperCollins Publishers,
Inc., New York, 2000
This book transcends outdated expectations and assumptions and
shows how ten essential principles based on self love, personal fulfillment
and emotional intimacy can lead the way to a lifetime of happiness.
Communication Tips for Couples: A 30-Minute Guide to a Better Relationship
Doyle Barnett, Three Rivers Press, May, 1997
20 Advanced Communication Tips for Couples
seeks to challenge readers and offer them an opportunity for personal
growth. Each tip is accessible with advice addressing such issues as being
right or being fair, feelings before facts, and learning to be wrong.
Couple's Guide to Communication
John M. Gottman, Cliff Notarius, Jonni Gonso, Howard S. Markman, June,
Although this book was written to be used primarily by couples, it has
become a bestselling text for college counseling courses. The skills and
techniques introduced are based on the way distressed and non-distressed
couples differ when solving problems. Each chapter includes practice exercises
to help couples master the problem-solving techniques presented. Appendices
contain problem inventories for husband and wife, a knowledge assessment
self-test, and a trouble-shooting guide.
In Relationships: A Guide for Couples and Professionals
Dr. Frank D. Fincham, Leyan O.L. Fernandes, and Dr. Keith Humphreys
Addresses the behavioral, affective, and cognitive aspects of communicating
in relationships. The book can be used by couples as a self-help guide,
by professionals as an adjunct to therapy, or as a supplementary text
for related college courses. Numerous readings are interspersed with 44
exercises that provide a hands-on approach to learning. The authors outline
18 steps for developing communication skills and describe procedures for
integrating the skills into relationships. Appendices summarize the empirical
basis of the approach and provide psychometric information on the measures
When Your Relaltionship Ends
Bruce Fisher, Ed.D. and Robert Alberti, Ph.D., Impact Publisher Inc.,
3rd edition, November, 1999
Fisher’s classic bestseller explains the nineteen "divorce
process rebuilding blocks"—from denial, fear, and anger to
adaptation, loneliness, and freedom.
Good Divorce: Keeping Your Family Together When the Marriage Comes Apart
Constance Ahrons, Ph.D., Harper Collins Publishers Inc., 1994 New York
Dr. Ahrons shows couples how they can move beyond the confusing, even
terrifying early stages of breakup and learn to deal with the transition
from a nuclear to a “binuclear” family—one that spans
two households and continues to meet the needs of children.
Families: Meeting the Challenge of Divorce and Remarriage
Constance Ahrons and Roy H. Rodgers, W. W. Norton and Company, New York,
This book describes how ex-spouses can become cooperative colleagues instead
of fiery foes. It considers divorce as a process of reorganization and
attempts to lift the implicit condemnation which is often made towards
couples who separate.
House, Dad’s House: Making Two Homes For Your Child
Isolina Ricci, Ph.D., Simon and Shuster, Inc., New York, 1997
This unique groundbreaking book has become the standard for two generations
of parents. This comprehensive guide looks anew at the needs of all concerned
with creative options and common sense advice in the legal, emotional
and practical realities of creating two happy and stable homes for your
Questions Kids Ask (And Are Too Afraid to Ask) About Divorce
M.F. Schneider, J. Zuckerberg, Fireside, New York, 1996
This book explores the apparent and hidden fears that haunt children as
they weather the painful confusion of a divorce. Teaching parents how
to read between the lines helps parents tackle children’s concerns
in a question-and-answer dialogue format.
Preschool and beginning readers (ages 2 - 8)
J. Cole, Cooper Beach Books, Brookfield, Connecticut, 1998
Four friends talk about their parents breaking up and give advice
to other children. The book is entertainingly illustrated with multicultural
drawings, photos and cartoons. It can be read by parents and children
together or by kids by themselves.
Elementary school (ages 8 – 12)
is Not the End of the World: Zoe's And Evan's Coping Guide for Kids
Z. Stem, E. Stem, Tricycle Press, Berkeley, California, 1997
This book is written by two kids (with the help of their mother) for other
kids to make sense of divorce. It has many valuable suggestions for coping.
Several sections could be read to younger children.
Adolescence (ages 12 and up)
It Feels When Parents Divorce
J. Krementz, Knopf, New York, 1996
Nineteen children and teens from divorced backgrounds
share their deepest feelings about their parents divorce.
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