Originally published in 1987 this book was designed to present the most recent research data on assessment of various aspects of marriage. Noted authorities on specific assessment areas provide information on conceptual and practical issues in marital assessment. The chapters include assessment of: behavior; affect; social cognition; communication; sexual dysfunction; child and marital problems; family assessment. All the chapters include reference to specific assessment measures of the areas covered. In addition, for clinical use, one has been selected by each of the authors to represent a state of the art measure that can be used by clinicians. Reliability, validity, and normative data are presented on these measures, which appear in full in the appendix of the text. O'Leary provides a context for this book in the first chapter of the book, and in the final chapter, discusses with his co-author how they begin their assessments, from the initial phone contact, the assessment battery, the interviews with the clients and the couple, to the evaluation of the therapy sessions by the clients.
Foreword by Alan S. Gurman. 1 K. Daniel O'Leary The Emergence of Marital Assessment 2 Andrew Christensen Assessment of Behavior 3 Thomas N. Bradbury and Frank D. Fincham Assessment of Affect in Marriage 4 Ileana Arias and Steven R. H. Beach Assessment of Social Cognition in the Context of Marriage 5 Donald H. Baucom and Alexandra N. Adams Assessing Communication in Marital Interaction 6 Joseph LoPicolo and Suzanne Daiss Assessment of Sexual Dysfunction 7 Robert E. Emery, Susan Joyce, Frank D. Fincham Assessment of Child and Marital Problems 8 John P. Vincent and Alice S. Carter Family Assessment: Practical and Methodological Considerations 9 K. Daniel O'Leary and Ileana Arias Marital Assessment in Clinical Practice. Appendices. Author Index. Subject Index.