MARRIAGE AND FAMILY RESEARCH
Although I continue to be involved in some scholarship on marriage, it has become much less central in my work. Current projects have included examinations of how theory and research on virtues and human flourishing can be applied to dyadic relationships.
Publications

Fowers, B. J., Laurenceau, J-P., Penfield, R. D., Cohen, L. M., Lang, S. F., Owenz, M. B., & Pasipandoya, E. (2016). Enhancing relationship quality measurement: The development of the Relationship Flourishing Scale. Journal of Family Psychology, 30, 997-1007.

Fowers, B. J., & Owenz, M. B. (2010). A eudaimonic theory of marital quality. Journal of Family Theory and Review, 2, 334-352.

Fowers, B. J., Fışıloğlu, H., & Procacci, E. (2008). Positive marital illusions and culture: A comparison of American and Turkish spouses’ perceptions of their marriages. Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, 25, 267-285.

Wenger, A., & Fowers, B. J. (2008). Positive illusions in parenting: Every child is above average. Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 38, 611-634.

Hawkins, A. J., Fowers, B. J., Carroll, J. S., & Yang, C. (2006). Conceptualizing and measuring marital virtues. In S. L. Hofferth & L. M. Casper (Eds.) Handbook of measurement issues in family research (pp. 67-83). Mahwah, NJ: Erlbaum.

Cohen, J. D., & Fowers, B. J. (2004). Blood, sweat and tears: Biological ties and self-investment as sources of positive illusions about children and stepchildren. Journal of Divorce and Remarriage, 42, 39-59.

Fowers, B.J., & Applegate, B. (2002). Marital satisfaction and conventionalization examined dyadically. In N. J. Pallone, Ed. Love, romance and sexual attraction, (pp. 119-141). New Brunswick, NJ: Transaction.

Fowers, B. J., Veingrad, M., & Dominicis, C. (2002). The unbearable lightness of positive illusions: Engaged individuals’ explanations of unrealistically positive relationship perceptions. Journal of Marriage and the Family, 64, 450-460.

Fowers, B. J. (2001). The limits of a technical concept of a good marriage: Examining the role of virtues in communication skills. Journal of Marital and Family Therapy, 27, 327-340.

Fowers, B. J., Lyons, E., Montel, K., & Shaked, N. (2001). Positive illusions about marriage among married and single individuals. Journal of Family Psychology, 15, 95-109.

Fowers, B. J. (2000). Beyond the myth of marital happiness. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.

Fowers, B. J. (1998). Psychology and the good marriage: Social theory as practice. American Behavioral Scientist, 41, 516-541.

Fowers, B.J., & Wenger, A. (1997). Are trustworthiness and fairness enough? Contextual family therapy and the good family. Journal of Marital and Family Therapy, 23, 153-169.

Fowers, B. J. & Richardson, F. C. (1996). Individualism, family ideology, and family therapy. Theory & Psychology, 6, 121-151.

Fowers, B. J., Montel, K. H., & Olson, D. H. (1996). Predicting marital success for premarital couple types based on PREPARE. Journal of Marital and Family Therapy, 22, 103-119.

Fowers, B. J., Lyons, E. M., & Montel, K. H. (1996). Positive illusions about marriage: Self enhancement or relationship enhancement? Journal of Family Psychology, 10, 192-208.

Fowers, B. J., & Applegate, B. (1996). Marital satisfaction and conventionalization examined dyadically. Current Psychology, 15, 197-214.

Fowers, B. J., & Applegate, B. (1995). Do marital conventionalization scales measure a social desirability bias? A confirmatory factor analysis. Journal of Marriage and the Family, 57, 237-241.

Fowers, B. J., Applegate, B., Olson, D. H. & Pomerantz, B. (1994). Marital conventionalization as a measure of marital quality: A confirmatory factor analysis. Journal of Family Psychology, 8, 98-103.

Fowers, B. J. (1993). Psychology as public philosophy: An illustration with the moral and cultural dilemmas of marriage and marital research. Journal of Theoretical and Philosophical Psychology, 13, 124-136.

Olson, D. H., & Fowers, B. J. (1993). Five types of marriage: An empirical typology based on ENRICH. The Family Journal, 1, 196-207.

Fowers, B. J., & Olson, D. H. (1993). ENRICH Marital Satisfaction scale: A brief research and clinical tool. Journal of Family Psychology, 7, 176-185.

Fowers, B. J., & Olson, D. H. (1992). Four types of premarital couples: An empirical typology based on PREPARE. Journal of Family Psychology, 6, 1-12.

Fowers, B. J. (1991). His and her marriage: A multivariate study of gender and marital satisfaction. Sex Roles, 24, 209-221.

Fowers, B. J. (1990). An interactional approach to standardized dyadic assessment in marital therapy. Family Relations, 39, 368-377.

Fowers, B. J., & Olson, D. H. (1989). Discriminating satisfied and dissatisfied couples with ENRICH: A concurrent validity and cross-validation study. Journal of Marital and Family Therapy, 15, 65-79.

Fowers, B. J., & Olson, D. H. (1986). Predicting marital success with PREPARE: A predictive validity study. Journal of Marital and Family Therapy, 12, 403-413.