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December 9, 1950

Marriage and Family Relationships

JAMA. 1950;144(15):1321. doi:10.1001/jama.1950.02920150095047

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This book was first published in 1944. It is a comprehensive presentation of problems arising both in marriage and family relations based on the theory advanced in many of the writings of the Menninger group, which stresses the choice facing human beings between love and hate. "Love leads to constructive acts and accomplishments, whereas hate leads to self—and world— destruction." The usual procedure in books of this kind is followed, proceeding from self analysis and self understanding to a discussion of basic needs and human behavior and the understanding of "friendliness patterns" in relation to marriage. From this logically follows mate selection, looking forward to marriage and the evolution of a satisfactory family life, including the introductory year of marriage, sex, money, home, children and relatives by marriage. The family in relation to society as well as other sociologic and human relations are dealt with. There are extensive references for

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