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Developmental Tasks of Early Marriage: Barefoot in the Park (1967), Raising Arizona (1987), The Quiet Man (1952)

Authors
  • Akhtar, Salman
  • Billinkoff, Zoe
Type
Published Article
Journal
The American Journal of Psychoanalysis
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Publication Date
Jun 15, 2011
Volume
71
Issue
2
Pages
110–120
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1057/ajp.2011.3
Source
Springer Nature
Keywords
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Abstract

Using three Hollywood movies as a springboard, the authors offer a discussion of the psychosocial challenges faced by an individual entering a marital relationship. Keeping their attention on both intrapsychic and interpersonal factors, as well as the group matrix surrounding the couple, the authors discuss the subtleties of identity transformation, evolution of true mutuality, distance-related conflicts, and the deeper synthesis of affection and sensuality in the setting of early marriage. Their portrayal of this adult developmental phase is intended to help clinicians evolve greater empathy with newly married individuals.

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