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The First Year of Marriage What to Expect, What to Accept and What You Can Change, based on a groundbreaking exclusive nationwide study with newlyweds, was the first book that focused on the developmental transition to marriage. Published in six editions as well as internationally, it explores the emotionally charged issues couples face as they adapt to being married.

The First Year of Marriage has been featured on national television talk shows, including Oprah, CBS Morning Show, and Geraldo. Media coverage has included New York TimesWashington Post, Newsweek, Reader’s Digest, USA Today, and numerous other media outlets. Research findings have been presented at American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy, the American Psychiatric Association, Association for Couples in Marriage Enrichment, and community centers. The First Year of Marriage has been excerpted in dozens of newspapers and magazines, including: Bride’s magazine, Southern Bride magazine, New Woman magazine, New York Daily News, Work and Family Life, and Bottom Line Personal and been excerpted and cited in dozens of books about marriage.

What people are saying about The First Year of Marriage:

No one should dare step up to the altar without consulting this one-of-a-kind book.” — Stephanie Wood, Bridal Guide magazine

Should be required reading before receiving a marital license,” — Ira Glick, M.D., coauthor of Marital and Family Therapy.
From single to married represents a sweeping change in every relationship, and The First Year of Marriage is written with authority and insight to help couples establish healthy, happy, and supportive lives together. — Barbara Tober, Editor-in-Chief, Bride’s magazine
What a significant work! It takes newlyweds by the hand, and gently leads them past the danger points, the difficulties, and the unexpected misunderstandings of that first crucial year.” — Francine Klagsbrun, author of Married People: Staying Together in the Age of Divorce
This lively and well-written book is filled with useful and practical advice that makes it a must read for newlyweds and those considering the joys and perils of marriage. — Allen Frances, M.D., Professor of Psychiatry and Director of the Outpatient Department at Payne Whitney Clinic, New York Hospital
“This intelligent, clearly written, down-to-earth book describes both the superficial and deep sources of difficulty in early marriage and provides a variety of possible solutions. The authors manage to combine an excellent basic course in human relations with a trouble-shooting and repair manual for the newly wedded. This book will be helpful not only to those in their first year of marriage, but to those hesitantly considering that step and many who have gotten well beyond that year.” —Arnold M., Cooper, M.D., past president of the American Psychoanalytic Association

“This is the book some of us have been waiting for. It reports, in detail, the findings of personal contacts with 455 newlyweds of all ages, whose stories provide convincing evidence of the need to prepare couples more adequately for the difficult adjustment of modern marriage.”  —David and Vera Mace, Marriage Enrichment 

“This lively and well written book is filled with useful and practical advice that makes it a must read for newlyweds and those considering the joys and perils of marriage.”—Allen Frances, M.D., former chairman of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Science at Duke University

“This book fills a need for a practical guide for those contemplating or embarking on marriage.”   —Library Journal

“A wonderful book filled with excellent information….give yourself the gift of this book.” —Carroll Stoner, author of Weddings for Grownups

“This book is an invaluable guide through either the first year or later in one’s lifetime commitment to the most intimate of partnerships.”—Rave Reviews


“Excellent work…a vast number of topics are included: the marriage mystique, conflicts, power struggles, money, families, communication, sex, intimacy—in fact, just about every issue that comes into play in marriage….It also manages to be a ‘good read”—no mean feat!” —Beverly Lowy, On the Issues magazine

“Offers psychological insights in its anecdotal case notes, plus questionnaires, work-sheets, and checklists to help in identifying problems and solving them.” —Washington Jewish Week


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Co-author of award-winning bi-monthly “Good Marriage” column for Child magazine. Winner of American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy Award

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