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The PAIRS Program

D Introduction Intimacy, a critical process in the development of close relationships (Hinde, 1978), is now a major concern in our culture. Significant techno - logical, cultural, socioeconomic, and religious changes in our society have contributed to a shift in the primary function of marriage, from one of providing security and stability for the raising of children to one of developing love and intimacy between partners (Diskin, 1986; Mace & Mace, 1 97 5). Modern marriage requires greater interpersonal competence and equality than was needed twenty to forty years ago, when marriage de - manded role competence (Mace & Mace, 1986).