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Mathematics of Marriage

Mathematics of Marriage - 03 edition

ISBN13: 978-0262572309

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ISBN13: 978-0262572309
ISBN10: 0262572303
Edition: 03
Copyright: 2003
Publisher: MIT Press
Published: 2003
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Mathematics of Marriage - 03 edition

ISBN13: 978-0262572309

John M. Gottman, James D. Murray and Catherine Swanson

ISBN13: 978-0262572309
ISBN10: 0262572303
Edition: 03
Copyright: 2003
Publisher: MIT Press
Published: 2003
International: No
Summary

Divorce rates are at an all-time high. But without a theoretical understanding of the processes related to marital stability and dissolution, it is difficult to design and evaluate new marriage interventions. The Mathematics of Marriageprovides the foundation for a scientific theory of marital relations. The book does not rely on metaphors, but develops and applies a mathematical model using difference equations. The work is the fulfillment of the goal to build a mathematical framework for the general system theory of families first suggested by Ludwig Von Bertalanffy in the 1960s. The book also presents a complete introduction to the mathematics involved in theory building and testing, and details the development of experiments and models. In one ''marriage experiment,'' for example, the authors explored the effects of lowering or raising a couple�s heart rates. Armed with their mathematical model, they were able to do real experiments to determine which processes were affected by their interventions. Applying ideas such as phase space, null clines, influence functions, inertia, and uninfluenced and influenced stable steady states (attractors), the authors show how other researchers can use the methods to weigh their own data with positive and negative weights. While the focus is on modeling marriage, the techniques can be applied to other types of psychological phenomena as well.

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