Competent Marriages and the Continuum of Marital Competence

In this chapter the reader is introduced to the work of the Timberlawn Research Foundation’s findings on well-functioning marriages and families. Two brief case vignettes are used as examples of some of the issues involved.

They were not spectacular. Their life together was more quiet and steady than anything else. She taught English at a local school and he was a midlevel manager for a printing company. They shared many interests, including jogging, camping, and the opera. They were active in their mainstream Protestant church and, although they did not consider themselves unusually religious, many of the day-to-day rituals that expressed something fundamental about them were religious. ...

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