This work approaches the couple from the Relational-Symbolic Perspective and the Marital Quality studies angle, having as objectives to confront the concepts presented in both kinds of research, to understand if the concepts used are similar in each research kind, to critically reflect uppon Marital Quality research and to present the instrument “Entrevista Clínica Generacional”, that has the potential to overcome the majority of problems pointed out to Marital Quality Research. It is concluded that Marital Quality research methodology is not suitable to family studies as they don’t consider the couple’s relational nature, nor the way spouses mutually influence, nor couples dynamics, which does not allow to understand the couple completely. It is concluded that the presented instrument has solutions to many of the identified problems, such as methodology issues, its capability to allow the research to be, indeed, family research instead of family related studies and the relational issues. Besides, it allows to access levels of information that the Marital Quality research doesn’t, namelly the couple’s progressive history and unconscious expectations, as well as it allows the spouses to confront themselves and make reciprocal discoveries.
|Qualification||Master of Philosophy|
|Award date||30 Jul 2012|
|Publication status||Published - 2012|