Coping within couples: adjustment two years after forced geographic relocation.

Family process

PubMedID: 1955021

Wamboldt FS, Steinglass P, Kaplan De-Nour A. Coping within couples: adjustment two years after forced geographic relocation. Fam Process. 1991;30(3):347-61.
Is our understanding of how individuals adjust to stressful life events increased when we analyze their adjustment in ways that recognize that these individuals are also married couples? The data used to answer this question came from a unique "natural experiment" occasioned by the forced evacuation of the Israeli settlement of Ophira under the terms of the Camp David Accords. We found that the adjustment of individuals within couples became more similar across the relocation, that is, couples adapted as a "family system." This occurred because the coping skills of one member of the couple "drove" the adjustment of both partners.