PsycBOOKS: New ebooks for May

Couple Relationships in the Middle and Later Years: Their Nature, Complexity, and Role in Health and Illness

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Today’s older couples often look and function differently than those of yesteryear. Lifespans have increased, while many health challenges remain. Retirement, spousal role equity, and family caregiving needs look different now, and cultural shifts have shaped the prevalence and visibility of nontraditional older relationships, such as same-sex relationships and “living apart-together” relationships.

With such an increased variety in relationship forms and social contexts, what does the research say about quality? What factors influence the nature and quality of today’s older couple relationships, and what are the complex links between relationships and health?

In this cutting-edge volume, the authors present the latest theoretical, methodological, and empirical perspectives in the field of middle-age and older couple relationships. The chapters cover a broad range of topics, including the impact of health concerns, loneliness, chronic disease management, couple negotiation of everyday tasks, and coping across the lifespan. Implications for couples therapy and policy are included.

In short, the book makes a significant stride into understanding the strengths and challenges of older couples.
Bookwala, J. (2016). Couple relationships in the middle and later years: Their nature, complexity, and role in health and illness. Washington, DC, US: American Psychological Association. doi:10.1037/14897-000

3 thoughts on “PsycBOOKS: New ebooks for May

  1. Ruth Morrow

    I am glad to see some literature related to Couple Relationships in middle and later years. I am personally experienced starting a second marriage while middle aged. The challenges and pay offs are many. I look forward to exploring this publication to search for tips on dealing with the challenges.

  2. Shana Puels

    With greater acceptance of therapy and increased coverage for mental health care through the affordable care act, it seems that more middle stage and older coules are seeking help for marriage challenges. It is good see resources such as this to help better inform clinicians on the unique needs of this population.

  3. Kozhi Makai

    A very timely book, especially since divorce rates for “middle” years has increased; always good to have research focusing on current social challenges.


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