|About the Book|
Resilience has come to rival insight as a fundamental therapeutic goal in bettering the lives of individuals in distress. It is also an increasingly important topic in fields as diverse as education, sociology, and family studies. Yet despite all the recent interest up to now few in-depth studies have appeared. This book is a moving ethnography of five couples whose marriages survived over many years and ultimately transcended a partners alcoholism. The couples stories are poignant, full of wisdom and carry important lessons. The authors insightful analysis sheds light on three recurring themes: residual resources, moments of choice, and building trust. This book makes a significant contribution to our understanding of what makes relationships last over a course of many years or a lifetime, while serving as a supplementary text for courses in family studies, psychology, and sociology.