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December 3, 1960

The Art of Marriage Counseling: A Modern Approach

JAMA. 1960;174(14):1889. doi:10.1001/jama.1960.03030140111045

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Although the authors of this small volume indicate that they are attempting to outline a new approach to the solution of marital difficulties, there is no clear-cut delineation of this approach. The basic principle emphasized throughout the volume is that the counselor must avoid imposing his feelings or conclusions on the client. If this can be identified as something new, it is long overdue.

It is pointed out in the first chapter that modern society, with its smaller families and greater variety of strange and disturbing pressures, is very different from that of earlier generations. One result has been a demotion of males in the family relationship as the wife more and more shares the status of provider. In succeeding chapters, however, there is little identification of these changes as significant factors so far as counseling in specific cases is concerned. In virtually all cases there is found the problem

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