chapter  12
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PASSAGES: LIFESPAN RELATIONSHIP CHALLENGES

This chapter is quite different for a book on close relationships. It concerns mainly change over time in a close relationship and secondarily how such change relates to individual change. There have been only a few scholarly works devoted to the probing of individual changes and passages across large segments of one individual’s life, much less the life of a couple in a close relationship. Gail Sheehy’s (1976) Passages, a well-known book for the general public about change in the individual, influenced the title of the chapter and are discussed herein. Two books on change by Daniel Levinson (1978), entitled The Seasons of A Man’s Life, and Levinson’s (1996) companion The Seasons of a Woman’s Life, also contributed to the analysis.