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The Marriage Clinic:
A Scientifically Based Marital Therapy

by John M. Gottman
1999 / ISBN 0-393-70282-0 / 480 pages
Published by: W. W. Norton Co.

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The Marriage Clinic presents a complete marital therapy program basedon John Gottman's much heralded research on marital success and failure.Here one will find not only a wide range of succinct and useful assessmentprocedures, but also a highly specific, research-based, and modularizedtreatment program. In addition, there are dozens of questionnaires and interviewprotocols to be used in both assessment and intervention.

In prospective, long-term research with over 700 couples, Gottman hasdiscovered certain factors that distinguish happy, stable couples from bothunstable, ultimately divorcing couples and stable but unhappy couples. Thesefindings, which are explained here in understandable, nontechnical language,form the basis of his Sound Marital House theory of marriage, which guidesthe new therapy. This therapy has two goals: changing the marital friendshipand teaching couples to regulate conflict.

Despite the high aims of much marital therapy, Gottman found that mostmarital conflicts involve fundamentally unresolvable relationship issuescalled "perpetual problems." He shows how therapists can helpspouses move from gridlock to dialogue on these issues. Solvable problemscan be resolved more easily when the couple has a strong marital friendship.He gives therapists the tools to teach spouses five fundamental skills todevelop and strengthen their friendship: softened start-up, accepting influence,repair and de-escalation, compromise, and physiological soothing.

Gottman compares his clinic to a restaurant, where clients are offereda menu of treatment formats, from psychoeducation for specific issues toextended therapy to repair a badly damaged marital friendship. Therapists,too, can choose among the questionnaires and strategies for those that fitthe needs of particular couples. Whatever their choice, they will find thattheir practice is greatly enriched by the scientifically-based offeringsof The Marriage Clinic.

About the author

John M. Gottman, Ph.D., is William Mifflin Professor of Psychology atthe University of Washington in Seattle. He is the author of over two dozenbooks, including Seven Principles to Making Marriage Work, The Heart ofParenting (with J. DeClaire), When Men Batter Women (with Neil Jacobson),and Why Marriages Succeed or Fail.


Part I: Research and Theory

Part II: Assessment

Part III: Intervention


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