This classic volume provides a solid foundation for thinking about creative ways in which our society can work to prevent or minimize destructive couple conflict and enhance couples' abilities to constructively handle their differences. A common thread throughout is that constructive conflict and negotiation are beneficial for relationships. The new introduction provides an overview of how this classic text is still relevant today.

Divided into four parts, this book:

*addresses the societal and bio-evolutionary underpinnings of couple conflict;

*presents the interpersonal roots of couple conflict and the consequences for individuals and couples;

*discusses what effects couple conflict have on children and how individual differences in children moderate these effects;

*outlines policies and programs that address couple conflict; and

* concludes with an essay that pulls these four themes together and points to new directions for research and program efforts.

This book serves as a supplement in graduate or advanced undergraduate courses on interpersonal relationships, couples and/or family and conflict, divorce, couples and/or family therapy taught in human development and family studies, clinical or counseling psychology, social work, sociology, and communications and it is also a helpful compendium for researchers and clinicians/counselors interested in couple conflict.

part II|58 pages

What Are the Interpersonal Roots of Couple Conflict? What Are the Consequences for Individuals and Couples?

chapter 6|12 pages

Expanding the Study of Dyadic Conflict

The Potential Role of Self-Evaluation Maintenance Processes

chapter 7|10 pages

Conflict and Control

Symmetry and Asymmetry in Domestic Violence

chapter 8|10 pages

Broadening the Scope of Couples Research

Pragmatics and Prevention

part III|67 pages

What Effects Does Couple Conflict Have on Children? How Do Individual Differences in Children Moderate These Effects?

chapter 9|31 pages

Couple Conflict, Children, and Families

It's Not Just You and Me, Babe

chapter 10|12 pages

The Impact of Interparental Conflict on Adolescent Children

Considerations of Family Systems and Family Structure

chapter 11|12 pages

Understanding Child and Adolescent Response to Caregiver Conflict

Some Observations on Context, Process, and Method

part IV|86 pages

What Policies and Programs Influence Couple Conflict? What Works? What Doesn't Work? Where Do We Go from Here?

chapter 13|36 pages

Helping Families Change

From Clinical Interventions to Population-Based Strategies

chapter 15|13 pages

Policy Responses to Couple Conflict and Domestic Violence

A Framework for Discussion