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Close Relationships

ISBN: 9780415877992 | 0415877997
Edition: 1st
Format: Nonspecific Binding
Publisher: Routledge/Psych
Pub. Date: 1/6/2011

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This interdisciplinary text introduces the concepts, methodologies, theories, and empirical findings of interpersonal relationships drawn from psychology, communication, family studies, marriage and family therapy, social work, sociology, anthropology, health sciences, economics, and even philosophy and religion. In addition to reviewing romantic relationships, this book also highlights the importance of friendship and family. Numerous examples capture the reader's attention by demonstrating how the material is relevant to their lives.Active learning is encouraged throughout'”each chapter includes an outline to guide students, key terms and definitions to help identify critical concepts, and exploration exercises to promote active thinking about the concepts. Many chapters also include measurement instruments that students can take and score themselves. Instructors appreciate the website which features a test bank with multiple-choice and essay questions and PowerPoints of chapter outlines and the book's tables and figures.This text distinguishes itself in several ways: Its focus on family members and friends as well as romantic partners. Its multidisciplinary perspective highlighting the contributions to the field from a number of disciplines. Its review of relationship experiences from all age groups, for all relationship types (heterosexual and homosexual), and from a variety of cultures. Its focus on methodology and research design with an emphasis on how to interpret empirical findings and engage in the research process. The inclusion of measurement instruments and scales for self-use or for research activities. Cutting-edge research on such topics as"cyber-flirting," sex differences in jealousy, the neurochemistry of love, and bullying.The book opens with the principles of relationship science and the research methods used. The social nature of humans is then explored including the impact relationships have on our health and well-being. Part 2 focuses on relationship development'”from initiation to long term development and the factors that influence attraction, mate choice, and marriage. The development of relationships in both friendships and romantic partnerships is explored. Part 3 examines the processes that shape our interpersonal experiences'” how cognitive and affective processes influence our behaviors. Communicative and supportive processes are explored including their impact on well-being. The influence of gender is also addressed. Finally, an examination of passionate and companionate love, including the neurochemistry of love and gender differences in sexual beliefs and attitudes, is reviewed. The book concludes with relationship challenges'”rejection and betrayal; aggression and violence including bullying; conflict, dissolution, and loss; as well as therapeutic interventions.Intended as a text for courses in interpersonal/personal/close relationships taught in departments of psychology, communication studies, sociology, anthropology, human development, family studies, marriage and family therapy, and social work.

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