Resilience in Couples: A View of the Landscape

  • Karen SkerrettEmail author


This chapter examines couple resilience from a relational, integrative and process perspective. Relational resilience is conceptualized as a dynamic process qualitatively different than the sum of individual partner resilience. It is hypothesized to reflect the “we-ness” of a couple: the ongoing interplay between self, other, and relationship awareness. Key components are suggested to be (1) self/other and relationship awareness and the development of empathy and respect; (2) mutual vulnerability; (3) the joint creation of meaning, (4) skill sets to support relational positivity, and (5) the reintegration of relational wisdom gleaned from dealing with relational challenges. Implications for future research, relationship enhancement and therapeutic work with couples are suggested.


“We”-coping Relational resilience Adaptation Mutuality 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Affiliate, The Family Institute/Center for Applied Psychological Study at Northwestern UniversityEvanstonUSA

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