William Doherty

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Most contemporary studies of change in marital quality over time have used growth curve modeling to describe continuously declining mean curves. However, there is some evidence that different trajectories of marital quality exist for different subpopulations. Group-based trajectory modeling provides the opportunity to conduct an empirical investigation of(More)
This study examined whether a group educational intervention during the transition to parenthood can enhance the quality of father-child interaction and increase father involvement with their children. A randomized experimental design was used to evaluate an 8-session program with 165 couples who were first-time parents, beginning during the second(More)
We describe a democratic citizen model of community organizing for mobilizing and partnering with families , using the overscheduling of children as a case example. We provide an overview of the growing body of research on this aspect of family time, describe the difference between a citizen model and program models for working with families, give two(More)
  • W Bradford, W Bradford Wilcox, William J Doherty, Helen Fisher, William A Galston, Norval D Glenn +11 others
  • 2006
I N ALL TOO MANY communities in the United States, especially poor and minority ones, marriage is in retreat. The statistics tell part of the story. In 1960, 5 percent of children were born outside of wedlock. Today, 34 percent of children are born outside of wedlock. In 1960, more than 67 percent of adults were married. Today, fewer than 56 percent of(More)
In an effort to address high rates of marital distress and divorce, numerous scholars, educators, and policy makers have advocated for premarital education programs. Despite this widespread support, there remains a number of valid questions regarding the general effectiveness of premarital education in strengthening marriages and preventing divorce. This(More)
This study related two cognitive personality characteristics—locus of control and interpersonal trust—to assertive behavior in a sample of recently married couples. Assertive behavior was measured by the Inventory of Marital Conflicts , an observational procedure in which couples resolve disagreements about hypothetical marital problems. Hypotheses were(More)
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