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Full Title: A Fine Romance: The Passage of Courtship from Meeting to Marriage
Author(s): Judith Sills, Ph.D.
Publishing / Edition: Ballantine Books, 1987
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Content Review

The author presents a model which describes the stages of courtship leading up to marriage. From the back of the book we find that she identifies these stages in the following way:

1) SELECTION - When you actively or passively choose a partner.
2) SEDUCTION - The dating days when you and your partner decide if the relationship is romantic, platonic, or dead.
3) SWITCH - That uncomfortable period when the pursuer backs off just as the partner responds.
4) NEGOTIATION - When you both acknowledge your differences and try to find a decent way to fight about them.
5) COMMITMENT - The negotiation to marriage.

Related Resources

There are several other books here that share a similar premise:

Augsburger, David. Sustaining Love. Regal Books, 1988.

Minirth, Frank, et al. Passages of Marriage. Thomas Nelson Publishers, 1991.

Rock, Maxine. The Marriage Map. Dell Publishing, 1986.