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The Study of Marriage and Bowen Theory
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Code: DJ 3.1 (2) Klever
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Phil Klever, MSW

Marriage research has provided understanding about factors contributing to marital satisfaction. The unit of study for most marriage research has been the marital dyad and the individuals within the dyad. The effects of the husband's and wife's neuroticism, affect, cognition, behavior, physiology, attachment styles, as well as family developmental changes on their marital satisfaction have been reported in the marriage literature. Bowen theory makes a contribution to the study of marriage by expanding the unit of study to the family system. New variables are added to the study of marriage to account for the human's emotional interdependence. This theory also provides alternate interpretations of previous research findings. An additional contribution of Bowen theory is seeing the human as a part of the natural world, which extends the knowledge base beyond the social sciences to evolutionary biology. The purpose of this paper is to present the predominant variables examined in the study of marriage and to discuss some of the contributions Bowen theory makes to the development of knowledge about marital functioning.

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