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Author: Rowland S Miller; Daniel Perlman; Sharon S Brehm
Publisher: Boston : McGraw-Hill Higher Education, ©2007.
Series: McGraw-Hill social psychology series.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 4th ed.View all editions and formats
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Presents the key findings on intimate relationships, the major theoretical perspectives, and some of the controversies in the field. This book illustrates the relevance of close relationship science  Read more...

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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Rowland S Miller; Daniel Perlman; Sharon S Brehm
ISBN: 0072938013 9780072938012 0071112553 9780071112550
OCLC Number: 61758060
Notes: Revised edition of: Intimate relationships / Sharon S. Brehm [and others]. 3rd ed. c2002.
Description: xvii, 480, R-86, C-4, I-19 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Contents: pt. 1. An introduction to the study of intimate relationships --
1. The building blocks of relationships --
The nature and importance of intimacy --
The nature of intimacy --
The need to belong --
The influence of culture --
Sources of change --
The influence of experience --
The influence of individual differences --
Sex differences --
Gender differences --
Personality --
Self-esteem --
The influence of human nature --
The influence of interaction --
The dark side of relationships --
For your consideration --
Chapter summary --
2. Research methods --
A brief history of relationship science --
Developing a question --
Obtaining participants --
Choosing a design --
Correlational designs --
Experimental designs --
Developmental designs --
Selecting a setting --
The nature of our data --
Self-reports --
Observations --
Physiological measures --
Archival materials --
Couples' reports --
The ethics of such endeavors --
Interpreting and integrating results --
A final note --
For your considerations --
Chapter summary. pt. 2. Basic processes in intimate relationships --
3. Attraction --
The fundamental basis of attraction : a matter of rewards --
Proximity : liking those near us --
Convenience : proximity is rewarding, distance is costly --
Familiarity : repeated contact --
The power of proximity --
Physical attractiveness : liking those who are lovely --
The bias for beauty : "what is beautiful is good" --
Who's pretty --
An evolutionary perspective on physical attractiveness --
Culture matters, too --
Who has a bias for beauty? --
The interactive costs and benefits of beauty --
Matching in physical attractiveness --
Reciprocity : liking those who like us --
Similarity : liking those who are like us --
What kind of similarity? --
Do opposites attract? --
Why is similarity attractive? --
Barriers : liking those we cannot have --
So, what do men and women want? --
For your consideration --
Chapter summary --
4. Social cognition --
First impressions (and beyond) --
The power of perceptions --
Idealizing our partners --
Attributional processes --
Memories --
Relationship beliefs --
Expectations --
Self-perceptions --
Impression management --
Strategies of impression management --
Impression management in close relationships --
So, just how well do we know our partners? --
Knowledge --
Motivation --
Partner legibility --
Perceiver ability --
Threatening perceptions --
Perceivers influence --
Summary --
For your consideration --
Chapter summary --
5. Communication --
Nonverbal communication --
Components of nonverbal communication --
Nonverbal sensitivity --
Sex differences in nonverbal communication --
Verbal communication --
Self-disclosure --
Gender differences in verbal communication --
Dysfunctional communication and what to do about it --
Miscommunication --
Saying what we mean --
Active listening --
Being polite and staying cool --
The power of respect and validation --
For your consideration --
Chapter summary --
6. Interdependency --
Social exchange --
Rewards and costs --
What do we expect from our relationships? --
How well could we do elsewhere? --
Four types of relationships --
CL and CLalt as time goes by --
The economies of relationships --
Rewards and costs as time goes by --
Are we really this greedy? --
The nature of interdependency --
Exchange versus communal relationships --
Equitable relationships --
Summing up --
The nature of commitment --
The consequences of commitment --
For your consideration --
Chapter summary. pt. 3. Friendship and intimacy --
7. Friendship --
The nature of friendship --
Attributes of friendships --
The rules of friendship --
Friendship across the life cycle --
Infancy --
Childhood --
Adolescence --
Young adulthood --
Midlife --
Old age --
Differences in friendship --
Gender differences in same-sex friendships --
Individual differences in friendship --
For your consideration --
Chapter summary --
8. Love --
A brief history of love --
Types of love --
The triangular theory of love --
Romantic, passionate love --
Companionate love --
Styles of loving --
Individual differences in love --
Attachment styles --
Age --
Men and women --
Does love last? --
Why doesn't romantic love last? --
So, what does the future hold? --
For your consideration --
Chapter summary --
9. Sexuality --
Sexual attitudes --
Attitudes about casual sex --
Attitudes about same-sex sexuality --
Cultural differences in sexual attitudes --
Sexual behavior --
Premarital sex --
Sex in committed relationships --
Monogamy --
Sexual desire --
Preventing pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections --
Sexual satisfaction --
Sexual frequency and satisfaction --
Sex and relationship satisfaction --
Interdependency theory and sexual satisfaction --
Sexual communication --
Communicating desire --
Sexual communication and satisfaction --
Sexual aggression --
For your consideration --
Chapter summary. pt. 4. Relationship issues --
10. Stresses and strains --
Relational evaluation --
Hurt feelings --
Ostracism --
Jealousy --
Two types of jealousy --
Who's prone to jealousy? --
Who gets us jealous? --
What gets us jealous? --
Responses to jealousy --
Coping constructively with jealousy --
Deception and lying --
Lying in close and casual relationships --
Lies and liars --
So, how well can we detect a partner's deception? --
Betrayal --
Individual differences in betrayal --
The two sides to every betrayal --
Coping with betrayal --
Forgiveness --
For your consideration --
Chapter summary --
11. Power --
Power and interdependency theory --
Sources of power --
Types of resources --
The process of power --
The outcome of power --
The two sides of power --
For your consideration --
Chapter summary --
12. Conflict and violence --
The nature of conflict --
What is conflict? --
The frequency of conflict --
The course of conflict --
Instigating events --
Attributions --
Engagement and escalation --
The demand/withdraw pattern --
Negotiation and accommodation --
Dealing with conflict : four types of couples --
The outcomes of conflict --
Ending conflict --
Can fighting be good for a relationship? --
Violence and abuse in relationships --
The prevalence of violence --
Types of couple violence --
Gender differences in partner violence --
Correlates of violence --
The rationales of violence --
Why don't they all leave? --
Violence in premarital relationships --
For your consideration --
Chapter summary. pt. 5. Losing and enhancing relationships --
13. The dissolution and loss of relationships --
The changing rate of divorce --
The prevalence of divorce --
U.S. divorce rates in comparative perspectives --
Why has the divorce rate increased? --
The predictors of divorce --
Levinger's barrier model --
Karney and Bradbury's vulnerability-stress-adaptation model --
Results from the PAIR Project --
Results from the Early Years of Marriage Project --
People's personal perceptions of the causes of divorce --
Specific factors associated with divorce --
The road to divorce --
Breaking up with premarital partners --
Steps to divorce --
The aftermath of separation and divorce --
Individuals' perspectives --
Relationships between former partners --
Children whose parents divorce --
For your consideration --
Chapter summary --
14. Shyness and loneliness --
Shyness --
Loneliness --
Measuring loneliness --
How does it feel to be lonely? --
Does loneliness matter? --
Who's lonely? --
Loneliness across the lifespan --
Possible causes and moderators of loneliness --
Inadequacies in our relationships --
Changes in what we want from our relationships --
Causal attributions --
Interpersonal behaviors --
Coping with loneliness --
What helps people feel less lonely --
Loneliness as a growth experience --
For your consideration --
Chapter summary --
15. Maintaining and repairing relationships --
Maintaining and enhancing relationships --
Staying committed --
Staying content --
Repairing relationships --
Do it yourself --
Preventive maintenance --
Marital therapy --
In conclusion --
For your consideration --
Chapter summary --
References --
Credits --
Name index --
Subject index.
Series Title: McGraw-Hill social psychology series.
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