Synopses & Reviews
Since 1994, the best-selling classic Fighting for Your Marriage
has been the go-to reference for couples that want to enhance their marriage and prevent divorce. This thoroughly revised and updated third edition (which contains a new instructional DVD for couples) is based on the widely acclaimed PREP (Prevention and Relationship Enhancement Program) approach. Groundbreaking studies have found that couples who use the strategies of this proven approach are able to handle conflict more constructively, protect their happiness, and reduce the odds of breaking up.
The authors have included a wealth of proven, research-based techniques and down-to-earth guidance for all couples who seek to promote greater character and pleasure in their long-term relationships.
Praise for Fighting for Your Marriage
"A divorce prevention society should be formed to place a copy of this book in every hotel room in this country. Every wife or husband struggling to stay married, especially happily married, should read this book."
—Maggie Gallagher, coauthor, The Case for Marriage: Why Married People Are Happier, Healthier, and Better Off Financially
"I love this book! If you want to be happily, successfully married, buy it, master it, and it's all you'll ever need. While you're at it, buy a copy for every couple you love. You won't need one for your kids, they'll learn by watching you."
—Diane Sollee, founder and director, Coalition for Marriage, Family and Couples Education
"The authors provide an encyclopedia-like wealth of information, from escaping destructive patterns to controlling conflict to playing together." (Library Journal, May 15, 2010)
A thorough revision with a new DVD of couples in action, using the PREP method for strengthening marriage and avoiding divorce court
The third edition of the best-selling classic on marriage enhancement and divorce prevention, features the latest research and changes of heart in our culture and society. New and revised, Fighting for Your Marriage is based on the widely acclaimed PREP (Prevention and Relationship Enhancement Program) approach. Groundbreaking studies have found that couples can use the strategies of this approach to handle conflict more constructively, protect their happiness, and reduce the odds of breaking up.
- The book is based on more than twenty years of university research
- Explores how to apply the PREP approach to any marriage
- Shows couples how to talk more and fight less, deepen and protect their friendship, and keep the fun alive
- Reveals what it takes to have a more intimate, sensual relationship and how to clarify and act on priorities
The authors have included a wealth of techniques and down-to-earth guidance for all couples who seek to promote greater character and pleasure in their long-term relationships.
The third edition of the bestselling classic on marriage enhancement and divorce prevention features the latest research and changes of heart in today's culture and society.
About the Author
Howard J. Markman
, Ph.D., is professor of psychology and co-director of the Center for Marital and Family Studies at the University of Denver.
Scott M. Stanley, Ph.D., is codirector of the Center for Marital and Family Studies at the University of Denver.
Susan L. Blumberg, Ph.D., is director of Interpersonal Communication Options in Denver, CO.
Table of Contents
Part One: Understanding the Risks on the Road to Lasting Love.
1. Five Keys for a Great Relationship: PREP in a Nutshell.
2. Destructive Patterns: Signs of Danger Ahead.
3. Changing Roles, Changing Rules: Men and Women in Conflict.
Part Two: Teaming Up to Handle Conflict.
4. When What You Heard Isn’t What I Said: Understanding Filters in Communication.
5. Talking Safely Without Fighting: The Speaker Listener Technique.
6. Controlling the Home Fires: Handling Issues and Events Well.
7. New Perspectives on Problems and Problem Solving.
8. Keeping Confl ict Under Control: Ground Rules for a Great Relationship.
Part Three: Enjoying Each Other.
9. Safe Harbor: Preserving and Protecting Friendship.
10. Being There: Supporting One Another in Life.
11. Playing Together: How to Succeed in Fun Without Really Trying.
12. Sense and Sensuality: Enhancing and Protecting Your Sex Life.
13. Sacred Places: Core Beliefs and Spiritual Intimacy.
Part Four: Staying the Course.
14. Why You Can't Always Get What You Want: Unraveling the Mysteries of Expectations.
15. Forgiveness: Restoring Hope.
16. Sticking, Stuck, or Stopped: On the Path to Commitment.
17. Moving Forward.
Getting More Help.
Resources and Training.
About the Authors.