Researchers in the Center have created hundreds of publications and presentations in the field of couples research. We’ve published our work in the Journal of Family Psychology, Family Process and many others. Learn more about our research and publications.

  • Recent Publications

    Our team's most recent publications are available on their individual Google Scholar pages, which we've linked below.



    Team Members:

  • 2006–2010

    Allen, E. S., & Rhoades, G. K. (2008). Not all affairs are created equal: Emotional involvement with a extradyadic partner. Journal of Sex and Marital Therapy, 34(1), 48-62.

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

    Rhoades, G. K., McIntosh, D. N., Wadsworth, M. E., Ahlkvist, J. A., Burwell, R. A., Gudmundsen, G. R., Raviv, T., & Rea, J. G. (2007). Forgiving the perpetrators of September 11th: Associations with responses to stress, psychological distress, and religiosity. Anxiety, Stress, and Coping, 20(2), 109-128.

    Stanley, S. M., Rhoades, G. K., Olmos-Gallo, P. A., & Markman, H. J. (2007). Mechanisms of change in a cognitive behavioral couples prevention program: Does being naughty or nice matter? Prevention Science, 8, 227-239.

    Stocker, C. M., Richmond, M. K., Rhoades, G. K., & Kiang, L. (2007). Family emotional processes and adolescents' adjustment. Social Development, 16(2), 310-325.

    Whitton, S. W., Olmos-Gallo, P. A., Stanley, S. M., Prado, L. M., Kline, G. H., St. Peters, M., & Markman, H. J. (2007). Depressive symptoms in early marriage: Predictions from relationship confidence and negative marital interaction. Journal of Family Psychology, 21, 297-306.

    Whitton, S. W., Stanley, S. M., & Markman, H. J. (2007). If I help my partner, will it hurt me? Perceptions of sacrifice in romantic relationships. Journal of Social and Clinical Psychology, 26, 64-92.

    Rhoades, G. K., Petrella, J. N., Stanley, S. M., & Markman, H. J. (2006). Premarital cohabitation, husbands' commitment, and wives' satisfaction with the division of household contributions. Marriage and Family Review, 40(4), 5-22

    Rhoades, G. K., Stanley, S. M., & Markman, H. J. (2006). Pre-engagement cohabitation and gender asymmetry in marital commitment. Journal of Family Psychology, 20, 553-560.

    Rhoades G. K., & Stocker, C. M. (2006). Can spouses provide knowledge of each other's communication patterns? A study of self-reports, spouses' reports, and observational coding. Family Process, 499-511.

    Stanley, S. M., Rhoades, G. K., & Markman, H. J. (2006). Sliding vs. deciding: Inertia and the premarital cohabitation effect. Family Relations, 55, 499-509.

    Stanley, S. M., Amato, P. R., Johnson, C. A., & Markman, H. J. (2006). Premarital education, marital quality, and marital stability: Findings from a large, random, household survey. Journal of Family Psychology, 20, 117-126.

    Stanley, S. M., Whitton, S. W., Low, S. M., Clements, M. L., & Markman, H. J. (2006). Sacrifice as a predictor of marital outcomes. Family Process, 45, 289-303.

  • 2001–2005

    Markman, H. J., & Halford, K. (2005). International perspectives on couple relationship education. Family Process, 44, 139-146.

    Stanley, S. M., Allen, E. S., Markman, H. J., Saiz, C. C., Bloomstrom, G., Thomas, R., Schumm, W. R., & Baily, A. E. (2005). Dissemination and evaluation of marriage education in the Army. Family Process, 44, 187-201.

    Clements, M. L., Stanley, S. M., & Markman, H. J. (2004). Before they said "I do": Discriminating among marital outcomes over 13 years based on premarital data. Journal of Marriage and Family, 66, 613-626.

    Kline, G. H., Stanley, S. M., Markman, H. J., Olmos-Gallo, P. A., St. Peters, M., Whitton, S. W., & Prado, L. M. (2004). Timing is everything: Pre-engagement cohabitation and increased risk for poor marital outcomes. Journal of Family Psychology, 18(2), 311-318.

    Laurenceau, J. P., Stanley, S. M., Olmos-Gallo, A., Baucom, B., & Markman, H. J. (2004). Community-based prevention of marital dysfunction: Multilevel modeling of a randomized effectiveness study. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 72, 933-943.

    Markman, H. J., Whitton, S. W., Kline, G. H., Thompson, H., St. Peters, M., Stanley, S. M., Leber, B. D., Olmos-Gallo, P. A., Prado, L. M., Williams, T., Gilbert, K., Tonelli, L., Bobulinski, M., & Cordova, A. (2004). Use of an empirically-based marriage education program by religious organizations: Results of a dissemination trial. Family Relations, 53, 504-512.

    Stanley, S.M., Whitton, S. W., & Markman, H. J. (2004). Maybe I do: Interpersonal commitment and premarital or non-marital cohabitation. Journal of Family Issues, 25, 496-519.

    Wadsworth, M. E., Gudmundsen, G. R., Raviv, T., Ahlkvist, J. A., McIntosh, D. N., Kline, G. H. Rea, J., & Burwell, R. A. (2004). Coping with terrorism: Age and gender differences in effortful and involuntary responses to September 11th. Applied Developmental Science, 8, 143-157.

    Halford, K. W., Markman, H. J., Kline, G. & Stanley, S. M. (2003). Best practices in couple relationship education. Journal of Marital and Family Therapy, 29(3), 385-406.

    Kline, G. H., Wood, L. F., & Moore, S. (2003). Validation of revised measures of family and interparental conflict for use with young adults. Journal of Divorce and Remarriage, 39(3/4), 125-142.

    Freedman, C., Low, S., Markman, H., & Stanley, S. (2002). Equipping couples with the tools to cope with predictable and unpredictable crisis events: The PREP Program, Journal of Crisis Intervention.

    Stanley, S. M., Markman, H.J., & Whitton, S. (2002). Communication, conflict, and commitment: Insights on the foundations of relationship success from a national survey. Family Process, 41(4), 659-675.

    Stanley, S. M. (2001). Making the case for premarital education. Family Relations, 50, 272-280.

    Stanley, S. M., Markman, H.J., Prado, L.M., Olmos-Gallo, P.A., Tonelli, L., St. Peters, M., Leber, B.D., Bobulinski, M., Cordova, A., & Whitton, S. (2001). Community based premarital prevention: Clergy and lay leaders on the front lines. Family Relations,50, 67-76.

  • 1996–2000

    Stanley, S. M., Bradbury, T.N., & Markman, H.J. (2000). Structural flaws in the bridge from basic research on marriage to interventions for couples: Illustrations from Gottman, Coan, Carrere, and Swanson (1998). Journal of Marriage and the Family, 62(1), 256-264.

    Hahlweg, K., & Markman, H. (1998). The prevention of divorce: A five-year German Follow-up. Journal of Family Psychology.

    Fraenkel, P., Markman, H., Stanley, S. (1997). The Prevention Approach to Relationship Problems. Sexual and Marital Therapy, 12(3), 249-258.

    Stanley, S.M. (1997). What's important in premarital counseling? Marriage and Family: A Christian Journal, 1, 51-60.

    Lindahl, K., Clements, M., & Markman, H. (1997). Predicting marital and parent functioning in dyads and triads: A longitudinal investigation of marital processes, Journal of Family Psychology.

    Forthofer, L., Markman, H. J., Cox, M., Stanley, S., & Kessler, R. (1996). Marital conflict influences on work productivity: A national perspective. Journal of Marriage and the Family.

    Forthofer, M.S., Markman, H.J., Cox, M., Stanley, S., & Kessler, R.C. (1996). Associations between marital distress and work loss in a national sample. Journal of Marriage and Family, 58, 597-605.

  • 1990–1995

    Markman, H. J., Leber, D., Cordova, A., & St. Peters, M. (1995). Behavioral observation and family psychology: Strange bedfellows or happy marriage? Journal of Family Psychology, 9, 371-379.

    Stanley, S. M., Markman, H.J., St. Peters, M., & Leber, D. (1995). Strengthening marriages and preventing divorce: New directions in prevention research. Family Relations, 44, 392-401.

    Coie, J. C., Watt, N. F., West, S. G., Hawkins, J. D., Asarnow, J. R., Markman, H. J., Ramey, S. L., Shure, M. B., & Long, B. (1993). The science of prevention: A conceptual framework and some directions for a national research program. American Psychologist.

    Markman, H. J., & Hahlweg, K. (1993). The prediction and prevention of marital distress: An international perspective. Clinical Psychology Review, 13, 29-43.

    Markman, H. J., Renick, M.J., Floyd, F.J., Stanley, S.M., & Clements, M. (1993). Preventing marital distress through communication and conflict management training: A 4- and 5-year follow-up. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 61, 70-77.

    Renick, M. J., Blumberg, S. L., & Markman, H. J. (1992). The Prevention and Relationship Enhancement Program (PREP): An empirically based preventive intervention program for couples. Family Relations, 41, 141-147.

    Markman, H. J. (1992). Marital and family psychology: Burning issues. Journal of Family Psychology, 5, 264-275.

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

    Markman, H. J. (1991). Backwards into the future of couples' therapy and couples' therapy research: A comment on Jacobson. Journal of Family Psychology, 4, 416-425.

    Storaasli, R. D., & Markman, H. J. (1990). Relationship problems in the premarital and early stages of marriage: A test of family development theory. Journal of Family Psychology, 2, 80-98.

  • 1979–1989

    Howes, P., & Markman, H. J. (1989). Marital quality and child attachment: A longitudinal study. Child Development, 60, 1044-1051.

    Hahlweg, K., & Markman, H. (1988). Effectiveness of behavioral marital therapy: Empirical status of behavioral techniques in preventing and alleviating marital distress. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 56, 440-447.

    Markman, H. J., Floyd, F.J., Stanley, S.M., & Storaasli, R.D. (1988). Prevention of marital distress: A longitudinal investigation. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 56, 210-217.

    Markman, H. J., & Kadushin, F. S. (1986). The preventive effects of Lamaze training on first-time parents: A short-term longitudinal study. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 54, 872-874.

    Markman, H. J. (1981). The prediction of marital distress: A five-year follow-up. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 49, 760-762.

    Markman, H. J., & Floyd, F. (1980). Possibilities for the prevention of marital discord: A behavioral perspective. American Journal of Family Therapy, 8, 29-48.

    Markman, H. J. (1979). Application of a behavioral model of marriage in predicting relationship satisfaction of couples planning marriage. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 4, 743-749.

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