This distinctive volume expands our understanding of couple resilience by identifying and exploring specific mechanisms unique to intimate relationships that facilitate positive adaptation to life challenges. Committed partnerships represent a unique form of relational alliance that offers an opportunity and challenge to go beyond the self - to develop as individuals and as a relationship. The contributors to this volume represent a range of perspectives that integrate conventional relationship science and innovative empirical and theoretical work on the importance of meaning-making, narrative construction, intersubjectivity, forgiveness, and positive emotion in couple life. The volume also offers a unique anchor point - 'We-ness' as it relates to the intersection between shared, personal identity and well-being. Under-examined relational contexts such as resilience among LGBT partners and sexual resilience during illness adds further refinement of thought and application.
Part I. Couple Resilience and We-ness.- Chapter 1. Resilience in Couples: A View of the Landscape; Karen Skerret.- Chapter 2. Theoretical and Methodological Underpinnings of Resilience in Couples: Locating the ''We''; Karen Fergus.- Part II. Resilient Processes and Applications to Specific Populations.- Chapter 3. Resilience in Lesbians and Gay Couples; Arlene Lev-Star.- Chapter 4. Sexual Resilience in Couples; Andrea M. Beck and John W. Robinson.- Chapter 5. Dyadic Adaptation to Chronic Illness: The Importance of Considering Context in Understanding Couples' Resilience; Kristi Gamarel and Tracey Revenson.- Chapter 6. Relationships and the Neurobiology of Resilience; Brent Atkinson.- Part III. Invesitigations into Facets of Couple Resilience.- Chapter 7. Mutuality and the Marital Engagement-Type of Union Scale (Me to Us): Empirical Support for a Clinical Instrument in Couple Therapy; Jefferson Singer, Nicole Alea, Beate Labunko and Jenna Baddeley.- Chapter 8. Identification with the Relationship as Essential to Marital Resilience: Theory, Applications and Evidence; David Reid and Saunia S. Ahmed.- Chapter 9. ''We-Ness'' in Relationship Defining Memories and Marital Satisfaction; Nicole Alea, Jefferson Singer and Beate Labunko.- Chapter 10. Forgiveness: A Route to Healing Emotional Injuries and Building Resiliency; Catalina Woldarsky-Meneses and Leslie Greenberg.- Part IV. Looking Back, Moving Forward.- Chapter 11. Resilient Couple Coping Revisited: Building Relationship Muscle; Karen Fergus and Karen Skerrett.
"Couple Resilience: Emerging Perspectives, edited by Karen Skerrett and Karen Fergus, is an excellent book. ... this book is loaded with excellent conceptual and empirical information. It should prove very useful to clinicians and researchers. I will adopt it for my courses in couple and family therapy. I will recommend it to my colleagues, and, finally, I will recommend it to couples experiencing serious illness." (Doug Pettinelli, PsycCRITIQUES, Vol. 61 (4), January, 2016)