Gottman, John Mordechai

A pastoral newlywed follow-up program in West Zion Mennonite Church

Author
Trevor J Kiriaka
Abstract
This project is a pastoral newlywed follow-up program. It seeks to overcome some of the weakness of, and act as an extension of, premarital counseling. The project serves to help newlyweds in their first years of marriage and was based on Gottman and Silver's book Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work. There were five sessions and six couples involved. The program was designed to help couples grow in love, assess key relational issues and increase in their appreciation of marital enrichment. The project was successful in attaining the bulk of its objectives, but there is room for improvement.

Sacramentalize marriage: a Roman Catholic theology and the Gottman Sound Marital House theory

Author
Sharon Lynn White
Abstract
Since Vatican II, many Roman Catholic theologians, especially Theodore Mackin, have documented a paradigm shift in the understanding of the sacrament of marriage. The shift has enhanced the ends of marriage to acknowledge and include the importance of partnership and community. This project explains a contemporary understanding of the sacrament of marriage. Additionally, it presents the John Gottman research-based marital therapy process. It demonstrates the strong correlations between a Roman Catholic theology of marriage and Gottman's Sound Marital House theory. These correlations make a strong argument for the use of the Gottman theory in a Roman catholic setting.
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