Marriage Counseling Team Offers Best Advice on Love & Money During Economic Crisis

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New Book Polls 50,000 American Couples for Keys to Happy Marriage

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Money problems are now second only to infidelity as a cause of divorce. So can a rocky marriage - even a healthy one - survive the economic downturn? The Minneapolis team of Olson, Olson-Sigg and Larson, Ph.D psychologists with decades of marital counseling experience and authors of the new book ''The Couple Checkup,'' believe they have found the secrets behind the happy marriage.

The trio analyzed data and feedback from 50,000 American couples. Based on their marital satisfaction, the team separated happy couples from unhappy couples and determined what makes each so different. The trio discovered that conflicts over money and finances have never been more heated and threatening - with many couples reporting it is their sole source of marital stress.

Even in good times, money is a major source of conflict and a multilayered problem for couples. When times are tough, when jobs are difficult to find and food and gas prices continue to shock, a couple's happiness is at risk.

The groundbreaking study of American relationships - what makes them healthy and what makes them break - is published in the team's just released book ''The Couple Checkup.'' Happy married couples weigh in on how to make major purchases stress-free, how to fight fair and how to forget about money troubles (if even for an evening).

The project was headed by renowned Minneapolis psychologist and Professor Emeritus at the University of Minnesota, Dr. David Olson. Founder of PREPARE/ENRICH, the internationally used couple assessment program, Dr. Olson has over thirty years in the field of marriage counseling and family.

The media has sought the advice of financial experts on how to cope with the economy - but few have sought the advice of marriage counselors to gauge the marital impact. The Minneapolis team can offer solid, real life solutions to keeping a marriage healthy amid economic turmoil.

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