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Transformative Processes in Marriage: An Analysis of Emerging Trends

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Family Institute, Sandels Building, Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL 32306-1491 (ffincham@fsu.edu).

Abstract

The study of conflict has dominated psychological research on marriage. This article documents its move from center stage, outlining how a broader canvas accommodates a richer picture of marriage. A brief sampling of new constructs such as forgiveness and sacrifice points to an organizing theme of transformative processes in emerging marital research. The implications of marital transformations are explored including spontaneous remission of distress, nonlinear dynamic systems that may produce unexpected and discontinuous change, possible nonarbitrary definitions of marital discord, and the potential for developing other constructs related to self-transformation in marital research.

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