Title

Marital Problems Occurring in Midlife: Implications for Couples Therapists

Keywords

midlife, marital problems, couples therapists

Abstract

The ability of therapists to adequately address the presenting problems of couples impacts the process and outcome of therapy. Although research has examined the types of problems that couples commonly experience, little is known about problems among midlife couples. Midlife marital problems were examined using data from a national random sample of 632 married people between the ages of 40 and 50. The results indicated that the most common problems were financial matters, ways of dealing with children, and sexual issues. Values, commitment, spiritual matters, and violence were the least common problem areas. There were few differences when gender, remarriage, and length of marriage were considered.

Original Publication Citation

*Henry, R. G., & Miller, R. B. (2004). Marital problems occurring in midlife: Implications for couples therapists. American Journal of Family Therapy, 30, 405-517.

Document Type

Peer-Reviewed Article

Publication Date

2010-08-17

Publisher

The American Journal of Family Therapy

Language

English

College

Family, Home, and Social Sciences

Department

Sociology

University Standing at Time of Publication

Full Professor

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