The following is a list of articles, measures, and books recommended by individual Couples SIG members.

If you are a current Couples SIG member and would like to add to this list, please send us the full reference in APA format. Specify the type (i.e., article, measure, or book) and the category (e.g., marital quality, attributions) of the reference.

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Marriage/Marital Quality

Bradbury, T. N., Fincham, F. D., & Beach, S. R. H. (2000). Research on the nature and determinants of marital satisfaction: A decade in review. Journal of Marriage and the Family, 62, 964-980.

Fincham, F. D., & Beach. S. R. (2010). Marriage in the new millenium: A decade in review. Journal of Marriage and the Family, 72, 630-649.

Fincham, F. D., Stanley, S. M., & Beach, S. R. (2007). Transformative processes in marriage: An analysis of emerging trends. Journal of Marriage and Family, 69, 275-292.

Jose, A., Rajaram, S., O'Leary, K. D., & William, M. (2010). Memory for partner-related stimuli: Free recall and frequency estimation. Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, 27, 658-670.

Karney, B. R., & Bradbury, T. N. (1995). The longitudinal course of marital quality and stability: A review of theory, method, and research. Psychological Bulletin, 228, 3-34.

Kelly, E. L., & Conley, J. J. (1987). Personality and compatibility: A prospective analysis of marital stability and marital satisfaction. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 52, 27-40.

Wills, T.A., Weiss, R.L. & Patterson, G.R. (1974). A behavioral analysis of the determinants of marital satisfaction. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 42, 802-811.

Methodological Approaches

Birchler, G. R., Doumas, D. M., & Fals-Stewart, W. S. (1999). The seven Cs: A behavioral systems framework for evaluating marital distress. The Family Journal: Counseling and Therapy for Couples and Families, 7, 253-264.

Birchler, G.R., Weiss, R.L., & Vincent, J.P. (1975). Multimethod analysis of social reinforcement exchange between maritally distressed and nondistressed spouse and stranger dyads. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 31, 349-360.

Gottman, J. M. (1979). Marital interaction: Experimental investigations. Academic Press.

Heyman, R. E. (2001). Observation of couple conflicts: Clinical assessment applications, stubborn truths, and shaky foundations. Psychological Assessment, 13, 5-35.

Jacobson, N.S., & Truax, P. A. (1991). Clinical significance: A statistical approach to defining meaningful change in psychotherapy research. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 59, 12-19.

Karney, B.R., & Bradbury, T.N. (1995). Assessing longitudinal change in marriage: An introduction to the analysis of growth curves. Journal of Marriage and the Family, 57, 1091-1108.

Noller, P. & Feeney, J. A. (Eds.) (2002). Understanding marriage: Developments in the study of marital interaction. New York: Cambridge University Press.

Raush, H. L., Barry, W. A., Hertel, R. K., & Swain, M. A. (1974). Communication conflict and marriage. Oxford, England: Jossey-Bass.

Sexual Satisfaction

Kiefer, A., Sanchez, D., Ybarra, O. & Kalinka, C. (2006). How women's nonconscious associations of sex with submission relates to their subjective sexual arousability and ability to reach orgasm. Sex Roles, 55, 83-94.

Therapy Process

Beach, S. R., Fincham, F. D., Hurt, T. R., McNair, L. M., & Stanley, S. M. (2008). Prayer and marital intervention: A conceptual framework. Journal of Social and Clinical Psychology, 27, 641-669.

Coche, J. M., & Coche, E. (1990). Couples group therapy: A clinical practice model. New York: Brunner/Mazel.

Epstein, N.B. & Baucom, D.H. (2002). Enhanced cognitive-behavioral therapy for couples: A contextual approach. Washington DC: American Psychological Association.

Ginsberg, B. G. (1997). Relationship enhancement family therapy. New York: John Wiley & Sons.

Guerney, B. G. (1977). Relationship enhancement. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.

Jacobson, N. S., & Holtzworth-Munroe, A. (1986). Marital therapy: A social learning-cognitive perspective. In N. S.Jacobson & A. S. Gurman (Eds.), Clinical handbook of marital therapy (pp. 29-70). New York: Guilford.

Jacobson, N. S., & Margolin, G. (1979). Marital therapy: Strategies based on social learning and behavior exchange principles. New York: Brunner/Mazel.

Johnson, S. M., Hunsley, J., Greenberg, L., & Schindler, D. (1999). Emotionally focused couples therapy: Status and challenges. Clinical Psychology: Science and Practice, 6, 67-7.

Weiss, R. (1980). Strategic behavioral marital therapy: Toward a model of assessment and intervention. Advances in Family Intervention, Assessment, and Theory, 1, 229-271.

Treatment Outcome Studies

Baucom, D. H., Shoham, V., Mueser, K. T., Daiuto, A.D., & Stickle, T.R (1998). Empirically supported couple and family interventions for marital distress and adult mental health problems. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 66, 53-88.

Christensen, A., Atkins, D. S., Berns, S., Wheeler, J., Baucom, D. H. & Simpson, L. E. (2004). Traditional versus Integrative Behavioral Couple Therapy for Significantly and Chronically Distressed Married Couples. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 72, 176-191.

Christensen, A., Atkins, D. C., Yi, J., Baucom, D. H., & George, W. H. (2006). Couple and individual adjustment for two years following a randomized clinical trial comparing traditional versus integrative behavioral couple therapy. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 74, 1180-1191.

Halford, W.K., Osgarby, S. & Kelly, A. (1996). Brief behavioural couples therapy: A preliminary evaluation. Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapy, 24, 263-273.

Snyder, D.K., & Wills, R.M. (1989). Behavioral versus insight-oriented marital therapy: Effects on individual and interspousal functioning. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 57, 39-46.

Snyder, D.K., Wills, R.M., & Grady, A.F. (1991). Long-term effectiveness of behavioral versus insight-oriented marital therapy: A 4-year follow-up study. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 59, 138-141.



Fincham, F.D., & Bradbury, T.N. (1992). Assessing attributions in marriage: The Relationship Attribution Measure. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 62, 457-468.


Stanley, S.M. & Markman, H.J. (1992). Assessing commitment in personal relationships. Journal of Marriage and The Family, 54, 595-608.


Bienvenu, M. (1978). A counselor's guide to accompany a marital communication inventory. Saluda, N.C.: Family Life.

Gottman, J.M., & Krokoff, L.J. (1989). Marital interaction and satisfaction: A longitudinal view. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 57, 47-52.

Heavey, C., Larson, B., Zumtobel, D., Christensen, A. (1996). The Communication Patterns Questionnaire: The reliability and validity of a constructive communication subscale. Journal of Marriage & the Family, 58, 796-800.

Johnson, M. (2002). The observation of specific affect in marital interactions: Psychometric properties of a coding system and a rating system. Psychological Assessment, 14, 423-438.

Julien, D., Markman, H.J., & Lindahl, K.M. (1989). A comparison of a global and a microanalytic coding system: Implications for future trends in studying interactions. Behavioral Assessment, 11, 81-100.


Notarius, C., & Vanzetti, N. (1983). The marital agenda protocol. In E. Filsinger (Ed.), Marriage and family assessment: A sourcebook for family therapy. Beverly Hills, CA: Sage.


Paleari, F., Regalia, C., & Fincham, F. (2009). Measuring offence-specific forgiveness in marriage: The Marital Offence-Specific Forgiveness Scale (MOFS). Psychological Assessment, 21, 194-209.


Cano, A., Miller, L., & Loree, A. (2009). Spouse beliefs about partner chronic pain. The Journal of Pain, 10, 486-492.

Cano, A., Leonard, M., & Franz, A. (2005). The significant other version of the Pain Catastrophizing Scale (PCS-S): Preliminary validation. Pain, 119, 26-37.


Fischer, J.L. & Narus, L.R. (1981). Sex roles and intimacy in same sex and other sex relationships. Psychology of Women Quarterly, 5, 444-455.

Marital Quality

Fincham, F.D., & Linfield, K.J. (1997). A new look at marital quality: Can spouses feel positive and negative about their marriage? Journal of Family Psychology, 11, 489-502.

Funk, J. L. & Rogge, R. D. (2007) Testing the ruler with item response theory: Increasing precision of measurement for relationship satisfaction with the Couples Satisfaction Index. Journal of Family Psychology, 21, 572-583.

Locke, H.J., & Wallace, K.M. (1959). Short marital-adjustment and prediction tests: Their reliability and validity. Marriage & Family Living, 21, 251-255.

Norton, R. (1983). Measuring marital quality: A critical look at the dependent variable. Journal of Marriage and the Family, 45, 141-151.

Notarius, C., & Vanzetti, N. (1983). The marital agenda protocol. In E. Filsinger (Ed.), Marriage and family assessment: A sourcebook for family therapy. Beverly Hills, CA: Sage.

Roach, A., Frazier, L., & Bowden, S. (1981). The marital satisfaction scale: Development of a measure for intervention research. Journal of Marriage and the Family, 41, 537-545.

Spanier, G.B. (1976). Measuring dyadic adjustment: New scales for assessing the quality of marriage and similar dyads. Journal of Marriage & the Family, 38, 15-28.

Snyder, D. K. (1997). Marital satisfaction inventory-revised. Los Angeles, CA: Western Psychological Associates.

Udry, J. (1981). Marital alternatives and marital disruption. Journal of Marriage and the Family, 43, 889-897.

Relationship Stability

Booth, A., Johnson, D., & Edwards, J. N. (1983). Measuring marital instability. Journal of Marriage & the Family, 45, 387-394.

Weiss, R. L. & Cerreto, M. C. (1980). The Marital Status Inventory: Development of a measure of dissolution potential. American Journal of Family Therapy, 80-85.


Straus, M.A., (1979). Measuring intrafamily conflict and violence: The Conflict Tactics (CT) Scales. Journal of Marriage and Family, 41, 75-88.

Straus, M.A., Hamby, S.L., Boney-McCoy, S. & Sugarman, D.B. (1996). The Revised Conflict Tactics Scales (CTS-2). Journal of Family Issues, 17, 283-316.


Baucom, D. H., & Epstein, N. B. (1990). Cognitive-behavioral marital therapy. New York: Bruner/Mazel.

Becvar, D. S., & Becvar, R. J. (2005). Family therapy: A systemic integration. Boston: Allyn & Bacon.

Bradbury, T. N., & Karney, B. R. (2010). Intimate relationships. New York: Norton.

Cordova, J. (2009). The marriage checkup: A scientific program for sustaining and strengthening marital health. Lanham, MD: Aronson.

Dorfman, W. I., & Hersen, M. (2001). Understanding psychological assessment. New York: Springer.

Epstein, N. B., & Baucom, D. H. (2002) Enhanced cognitive-behavioral couples therapy. Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.

Feindler, E. L., Rathus, J. H., & Silver, L. B. (2002). Assessment of family violence: A handbook for researchers and practitioners. Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.

Glick, I., Berman, E., Clarkin, J. & Rait, D. (2000). Marital and family therapy (4th ed.). Washington, DC: American Psychiatric Press.

Goldenberg, H., & Goldenberg, I. (2007). Family therapy: An overview (7th ed.). Belmont, CA: Brooks Cole.

Gottman, J. M. (1999). The marriage clinic: A scientifically based marital therapy. New York: Norton.

Gurman, A. S., & Jacobson, N. S. (2002). Clinical handbook of couple therapy (3rd ed.). New York: Guilford.

Gurman, A. S., & Kniskern, D. P. (1991). Handbook of family therapy (Vol. 2). Bristol, PA: Bruner/Mazel.

Halford, K., & Markman, H. (Eds.). (1997). Clinical handbook of marriage and marital interaction. London: Wiley.

Hanna, S. M. (2006) The practice of family therapy: Key elements across models (4th ed.). Belmont, CA: Wadsworth.

Jacob, T., & Tennebaum, D. L. (1988). Family assessment: Rationale, methods and future directions. New York: Plenum Press.

Jordan, K. (2003). Handbook of couple and family assessment. Hauppauge, NY: Nova Science Publishers.

Kerig, P. K., & Baucom, D. H. (2004). Couple observational coding systems. Mahwah, NJ: Erlbaum.

Kerig, P. K., & Lindahl, K. M. (2001). Family observational coding systems: Resources for systemic research. Mahwah, NJ: Erlbaum.

Mikesell, R., Lusterman, D. -D., & McDaniel, S. (1995). Integrating family therapy: Handbook of family psychology and systems theory. Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.

McGoldrick, M., Giordano, J., & Garcia-Preto, N. (2005). Ethnicity and family therapy (3rd ed.). New York: Guilford.

O’Leary, K. D. (1987). Assessment of marital discord. Mahwah, NJ: Erlbaum.

Pinsoff, W. M., & Lebow, J. L. (2005). Family psychology: The art of the science. New York: Oxford University Press.

Rathus, J. H. Feindler, E. L. (2004). Assessment of partner violence: A handbook for researchers and practitioners. Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.

Thomlinson, B. (2006). Family assessment handbook (2nd ed). Belmont, CA: Wadsworth Thompson Brooks/Cole.