Arizona Republic from Phoenix, Arizona on July 8, 1976 · Page 60
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Arizona Republic from Phoenix, Arizona · Page 60

Phoenix, Arizona
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Thursday, July 8, 1976
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ALL L:.:; ,; C-2 July 8.1976 The Arizona Republic Hot line tries to save failing marriages New York Times NEW YORK — New Yorkers \vith marital problems can now talk them over with a counselor by simply calling Save A Marriage. A counselor will discuss with them by phone the problem of a roving mate or any of the many afflictions to which marriage is heir. The year-old Save A Marriage service is the brainchild of Dr. Laura J. Singer, former president of the American Association of Marriage Counselors, who said she thinks a hotline to the maritally distressed might help rescue an institution that is obviously in trouble. In 1975, divorces and annulments in the United States topped the one million mark, the highest in history. The statistic means almost one divorce for every two marriages. Dr. Singer, whose doctorate is in education, started Save a Marriage with a small private grant and has a staff of 75 volunteer counselors Common cents By KATE MacQUEEN Are you thinking of spending several thousand dollars on an .Oriental rug? Here are some buying tips: Look at the back of the rug. The finest rugs are Persian and have 600 to 650 knots per square inch. The finer the rug, the more it will appreciate in value. Not all Oriental rugs are woven with only fine wool or silk. They can be made with all • wool in many different textures, with woo! and silk or all silk. The sof- est wool texture is lamb's wool. Some of the softest-surface rugs are the most expensive. who man the telephones at specified hours. THE PROBLEMS discussed, in order of their frequency, are infidelity, sexuality, communication, children, in-laws and money, according to Dr. Singer. The organization receives 30 to 35 calls a day, two- thirds of them from women. The most numerous callers are between 30 and 39, and their marriages are most often 7 to 17 years old. It was a slow day at the Save A Marriage office recently; just three calls in a period of an hour and a half. (Dr. Singer said the service has no money for advertising and people learn of it through word of mouth or press publicity.) Rosalind Frey, a psychotherapist who works at the Alfred Adler Mental Hygiene Clinic, took one of the calls. It was from a suburban wife in her 30s who had been married for 10 years. Her husband had been offered a job in another city. It meant a promotion and more money. The wife had recently become involved in women's rights movements, had gone back to school and become more active in community affairs and made stimulat- THE FAMILY CIRCUS' ing new friends. Now her husband wanted her to chuck it all and begin again in a new city. They were arguing constantly about it, the wife said. Mrs. Frey suggested they both talk to a neutral counselor. Had the caller seriously explored By Bil Keanc the possibilities of the new life she dreaded? A better job and more money for the husband could also mean a promotion for the wife. The new location might mean more material comforts and possibly better schools for the children. HAD THIS BRIEF, faceless discussion done any good? Mrs. Frey thought it had: The talk might have given the woman a new slant, also encouraged the pair to seek counseling rather than continuing their futile arguments. The information from the callers is enabling Save A Marriage to compile facts for a study of modern marriage and its stresses. For the volunteer counselors, it means a chance to broaden their skills. "You have to tune in on the individual without the usual visual clues," Dr. Singer said. Recently, the organization did a small sampling of callers who did not object to being called back. It found that 80 per cent said they'd been helped. Still the problem of failing marriages is enormous. 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