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Patricia Noller and Gery C. Karantzas

Subject Anthropology » Kinship and Social Organization
Social Psychology and Personality » Psychology of Relationships

Key-Topics family

DOI: 10.1111/b.9781444334500.2012.00001.x


There is a growing need to develop an understanding of the positive pathways that strengthen the relationships of couples and families. Couples and families in contemporary Western society are faced with many challenges and pressures that can mitigate against maintaining satisfying and enduring couple and family relationships. For example, increases in the need for dual income families, the working of longer hours, demographic shifts that see older people living longer, and children staying at home longer mean that couples are often required to provide familial care across two generations—frail aging parents and children. These examples highlight just some of the pressures faced by modern-day couples, which can lead to people not taking the time to cultivate their relationships. The impetus for this book arose out of an international workshop on couple and family relationships supported by the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia. The aim of the workshop was to deal with many of the issues described above by linking research, policy, and practice in ways that would help families meet such challenges. The workshop brought together leading and emerging Australian and international relationship researchers, practitioners, educators, policy makers, and service-delivery organizations. Three key themes emerged from the workshop. Firstly, relationships in the 21st century come in ... log in or subscribe to read full text

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