Understanding Close Relationships

ISBN-10: 0205349854
ISBN-13: 9780205349852
Edition: 2004
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Book details

List price: $115.40
Copyright year: 2004
Publisher: Allyn & Bacon, Incorporated
Publication date: 4/2/2003
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 304
Size: 6.75" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.232

Preface
The Importance of Relationships
What Do We Know about the Importance of Relationships?
The Need to Belong
Attachment
The Loss of Attachments
Loneliness
Contemporary Relationships
Methods of Research
Self-Report Approaches
Observational Approaches
Archival Approaches
Experimental Approaches
Additional Issues
Summary and Conclusions
Key Terms
Suggested Reading
Attraction and Relationship Development
What Do We Know about Attraction and Relationship Development?
Theories of Attraction
Attraction as an Attitude
Balance Theories
Reinforcement/Reward Theories
Similarity
Arousal Theories
"Fatal Attractions"
Environmental Influences on Attraction
Proximity
Body Language
Personal Influences on Attraction
Physical Attractiveness
The Matching Hypothesis
The "Beauty Equals Goodness" Hypothesis
Other Desirable Characteristics
Mate Selection and Evolutionary Psychology
Flirting
Attraction Online
Relationship Development and Processes
Social Penetration Theory
Additional Factors Affecting Development
Courtship Theories
Summary and Conclusions
Key Terms
Suggested Reading
Friendship and Social Support
What Do We Know about Friendship and Social Support?
Theories of Friendship
Exchange Theory
Equity Theory
Exchange versus Communal Relationships
Additional Models of Friendship
Forming and Maintaining Friendships
Environmental Factors
Individual Factors
Dyadic Factors
Situational Factors
Friendship across the Life Course
Childhood Friendships
Adolescent Friendships
Young Adult Friendships
Older Adult Friendships
Friendship Deterioration and Restoration
Gender and Friendship
Women's and Men's Friendships
Cross-Sex Friendships
Social Support
Social Support from Family and Friends
Social Support in Couples
Summary and Conclusions
Key Terms
Suggested Reading
Romantic Love
What Do We Know about Romantic Love?
Attachment
Romantic Attachment
Outcomes of Attachment Styles
Theories of Love
Three General Theories Applied to Love
Passionate and Companionate Love
Prototype Approaches
Love Ways
Triangular Theory
The Love Styles
Love across Ages and Cultures
Intimacy in Relationships
Conceptualizing Intimacy
Measuring Intimacy
The Context of Intimacy
Unrequited Love
Recovering from Love
Summary and Conclusions
Key Terms
Suggested Reading
Relational Sexuality
What Do We Know about Relational Sexuality?
Sexual Behavior
Sexual Attitudes
Orientations to Sex
Influences on Sexual Attitudes and Behaviors
Sexual Attraction
Sexual Satisfaction
Sexual Communication
General Communication
Sexual Desire
Linking Sex and Love
Sex and Gender
Gender Differences in Sexuality
Date Rape
Sex for All Couples
Gay and Lesbian Couples
Multicultural Couples
Couples as They Age
People with Disabilities and Illnesses
Sex, Risk, and Trust
Summary and Conclusions
Key Terms
Suggested Reading
Communication and Relational Maintenance
What Do We Know about Communication and Relational Maintenance?
Definitions of Relational Maintenance
Strategies for Maintaining Relationships
Communication
Self-Disclosure
Theoretical Approaches
Research on Self-Disclosure
The Dialectical Aspects of Self-Disclosure
Nonverbal Communication
Day-to-Day Communication
Relationship Satisfaction
Summary and Conclusions
Key Terms
Suggested Reading
Conflict and Abuse
What Do We Know about Conflict and Abuse?
The Basics of Conflict
The Structure of Conflict
Causes of Conflict
Processes of Conflict
Attributional Approaches
Exchange Approaches
The Pluses and Minuses of Conflict
Conflict in Families and Friendships
Parents versus Children
Friendships
Conflict in Romantic and Marital Couples
Qualities of Distressed Couples
Approaches to Handling Conflict
Relational Power
Handling Conflict Constructively
Abuse in Relationships
Causes and Correlates of Abuse
Consequences of Abuse
Sexual Aggression
Summary and Conclusions
Key Terms
Suggested Reading
Breakup, Divorce, and Bereavement
What Do We Know about Breakup, Divorce, and Bereavement?
Causes of Relationship Disruption
Jealousy
Infidelity
Relationship Breakup
Factors Involved in Breakup
Stages of Relationship Dissolution
Emotional Consequences of Breakup
Divorce
Theoretical Approaches to Divorce
Consequences of Divorce for Adults
Consequences of Divorce for Children
Bereavement
Summary and Conclusions
Key Terms
Suggested Reading
Diverse Relationships
What Do We Know about Diverse Relationships?
Conceptualizing Relationships
Remarried Families
Courtship in Remarriage
Relationship Quality in Remarriage
Children in Remarried Families
Lesbian and Gay Relationships
Courtship and Maintenance
Relationship Breakup
Children in Gay and Lesbian Families
Multicultural/Multiracial Relationships
Families of Color
Cultural and Racial Comparisons
Interethnic/Interracial Couples
Cohabiting Couples
Summary and Conclusions
Key Terms
Suggested Reading
Gender
What Do We Know about Gender?
Origins of Gender and Gender Differences
Evolutionary and Social Structural Approaches
Benevolent Sexism
Implications of Gender
Sex or Gender? Women's Sexual Plasticity
One Set of Propositions on Plasticity
Responses to Those Propositions
Other Views on Sexual Plasticity
Gender and Relational Beliefs and Behaviors
Relational Beliefs
Relational Cultures and Climates
Power and Control
Entitlement
Gender and Family Work
Gender and Housework
Gender and Income
Gender, Work, and the Future
Summary and Conclusions
Key Terms
Suggested Reading
Epilogue
The Relationship Stories Continued
Connections and Choice Points
Glossary
References
Index

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