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Should We Stay Together?: A Scientifically Proven Method for Evaluating Your Relationship and Improving Its Chances for Long-Term Success [Paperback]

By Larson (Author)
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The fact is, some couples need more time to mature, some need to work through specific issues, and some should never be together. But how do you know? What factors add up to success-or failure-in a relationship? Author Jeffry Larson knows; in fact, he knows a lot about what predicts a happy marriage. Based on Larson's twenty-plus years of research and experience in marriage and family therapy, Should We Stay Together?debunks many time-honored myths as it provides couples with the tools they need to make better decisions and thoroughly explore every aspect of their relationship. From individual characteristics, idiosyncratic family histories, unresolved conflicts and needs, and combined strengths and weaknesses, this step-by-step scientific method for relationship evaluation-based on the highly accurate RELATE premarital assessment questionnaire-will help couples understand the specific traits that predict a satisfying-or disastrous-relationship.

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  • Beyond the Cover Author Interv - 05/01/2000 page 13

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Studio: Jossey-Bass
Pages   256
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.47" Width: 6.8" Height: 0.47"
Weight:   0.77 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Apr 25, 2000
Publisher   Jossey-Bass
ISBN  0787951447  
ISBN13  9780787951443  

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! JEFFRY H. LARSON, is professor and director of the marriage and family therapy graduate programs at Brigham Young University. For two years, he was chair of the Marriage Preparation Focus Group, National Council on Family Relations, and he has been an active marriage and family therapist for more than twenty years.

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If Only I'd Known This Earlier!  Mar 25, 2003
I was very impressed with the book, "Should We Stay Together" by Mr. Larson which is bascially a summary of all his research gained from testing of his RELATE Premarital Questionnaire. As a result sometimes the read can get bogged down in how this is just that, and lead you to say can you just get to the point. Overall it was a great source of informaiton, especially the questions that you should answer yourself and with your partner. I know it made me realize a few things about my partner I didn't know before. It uses a triangular method that seems straight forward enough, but there's more to it than you'd think! It leaves nothing to chance, and makes you question those things hidden in your closet and your partners'to give you a real picture of whether or not your relationship should go on, is worth saving, or should be dissolved ASAP.
Who Doesn't Know This Stuff, Already?  Aug 22, 2000
I found this book to be easy reading. Most of the research discussed comes as little surprise. It is quite obvious to this reader that disagreements over key issues such as whether or not to have children, the wife's role in the marriage, premarital sex, and so on, would be a compelling arguement not to get married. I found myself skipping over many of the tests because my partner and I have already discussed the issues presented and I didn't need to know where he stood on them or vice versa.

Anyone who would have the good sense to question whether or not they should make a lifetime committment to their partner would have the common sense to know that the issues brought forth in this book are important. For everyone else - the folks who marry with their eyes closed - this book would definately be a good guide.

This book is a worthwhile read if you have trouble broaching personal issues with your mate. Many of the subjects discussed could be considered controversial in some relationships. My boyfriend, an easy-going guy with an open minded approach to our relationship, thought the idea of cosmo-like tests to see if we were meant for eachother was a little lame. He played along :)

Great book for Gen Xers in love  Aug 4, 2000
This is an excellent book for those ready to take the premature plunge under the age of 30. However, those of us over 30 may not find his advice applicable (i.e. At 38, it's difficult to find individuals that have NOT had multiple sex partners.)

An easy read, this book focuses on the many issues that should be dealt with before making a life altering decision. I would highly recommend this to my younger brother.

Finally - a useful book on relationships!  Jul 26, 2000
This is an amazingly easy to read book - it also provides analytical, well researched information on a problem that a lot of us struggle with - finding the right spouse.

I personally don't read many self-help books and get turned off by test-your-relationship quizzes, but surprisingly this book does a very good job of putting across well researched ideas about premarital indications for a good marriage. It seems to be based on solid research done by social scientists. I like the way the author potrays the book as the "Consumer Reports" for marriage preparation.

The part I liked best was the explanation of myths about marriage -some of them were common sense, but others were interesting revelations that can potentially help you see hidden shades of your relationship.

On the flip side, maybe there were too many quizzes and the author seems to make a big deal about premarital counselling, seeking the experts, etc. But, for a book on relationships, Jeffrey Larson provides a lot of useful information that one could use to choose a better spouse.

Overall, for those of us that like to give ourselves a better than even chance at a successful marriage - this is a $20 well spent.


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