Close Relationships: Key Readings

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  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2004-07-21
  • Publisher: Psychology Pres

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Relationships are among the most important human endeavors and play a central role in human behavior, emotion, and well-being. Too long neglected by the research community, the past few decades have seen rapid increases in the amount and sophistication of research designed to understand the processes that govern the initiation, development, maintenance, and deterioration of relationships. This collection includes both classic and contemporary approaches to some of the most important and influential issues in the study of relationships. The articles in this reader were selected and edited for readability, interest, and centrality to the empirical study of relationship processes. The reader provides a timely and thorough introduction to the theories, questions, methods, and findings of social-psychological research on relationship processes. Suitable for both graduate and undergraduate students, it might be used as a supplement in social psychology courses or as source material in courses andseminars concerned with relationships.

Table of Contents

Relationship Science: A Casual and Somewhat Selective Review 1(20)
SECTION 1 Relationships in Our Lives
The Greening of Relationship Science
Ellen Berscheid
Social Support in Pregnancy: Psychosocial Correlates of Birth Outcomes and Postpartum Depression
Nancy L. Collins
Christine Dunkel-Schetter
Marci Lobel
Susan C.M. Scrimshaw
Change and Consistency in Social Participation During Early Adulthood
Harry T. Reis
Yi-Cheng Lin
M. Elizabeth Bennett
John B. Nezlek
SECTION 2 First Impressions and Interpersonal Attraction
Continuity Between the Experimental Study of Attraction and Real-Life Computer Dating
Donn Byrne
Charles R. Ervin
John Lamberth
Exposure Effects in the Classroom: The Development of Affinity Among Students
Richard L. Moreland
Scott R. Beach
Social Perception and Interpersonal Behavior: On the Self-Fulfilling Nature of Social Stereotypes
Mark Snyder
Elizabeth Decker Tanke
Ellen Berscheid
SECTION 3 Evolution, Experience, and Later Relationships
Evolutionary Approaches to Relationships
Douglas T. Kenrick
Melanie R. Trost
Sex Differences in Human Mate Preferences: Evolutionary Hypotheses Tested in 37 Cultures
David M. Buss
Attachment as an Organizational Framework for Research on Close Relationships
Cindy Hazan
Phillip R. Shaver
Attachment Working Models and the Sense of Trust: An Exploration of Interaction Goals and Affect Regulation
Mario Mikulincer
SECTION 4 Developing Relationships
Intimacy as an Interpersonal Process: The Importance of Self-Disclosure, Partner Disclosure, and Perceived Partner Responsiveness in Interpersonal Exchanges
Jean-Philippe Laurenceau
Lisa Feldman Barrett
Paula R. Pietromonaco
A Triangular Theory of Love
Robert J. Sternberg
Love and Marriage in Eleven Cultures
Robert Levine
Suguru Sato
Tsukasa Hashimoto
Jyoti Verma
SECTION 5 Interdependence in Relationships
Interpersonal Attraction in Exchange and Communal Relationships
Margaret S. Clark
Judson Mills
Beneficial Impression Management: Strategically Controlling Information to Help Friends
Barry R. Schlenker
Thomas W. Britt
Transactive Memory in Close Relationships
Daniel M. Wegner
Ralph Erber
Paula Raymond
SECTION 6 Maintaining Relationships
Commitment and Relationship Maintenance Mechanisms
Caryl E. Rusbult
Nils Olsen
Jody L. Davis
Peggy A. Hannon
Perception of Physical Attractiveness: Mechanisms Involved in the Maintenance of Romantic Relationships
Jeffry A. Simpson
Steven W. Gangestad
Margaret Lerma
The Benefits of Positive Illusions: Idealization and the Construction of Satisfaction in Close Relationships
Sandra L. Murray
John G. Holmes
Dale W. Griffin
SECTION 7 Cognition and Emotion in Ongoing Relationships
Managing Empathic Accuracy in Close Relationships
William Ickes
Jeffry A. Simpson
Close Relationships as Including Other in the Self
Arthur Aron
Elaine N. Aron
Michael Tudor
Greg Nelson
Eliciting Facial Affect, Motivation, and Expectancies in Transference: Significant-Other Representations in Social Relations
Susan M. Andersen
Inga Reznik
Lenora M. Manzella
Are there ``His'' and ``Hers'' Types of Interdependence? The Implications of Gender Differences in Collective Versus Relational Interdependence for Affect, Behavior, and Cognition
Shira Gabriel
Wendi L. Gardner
SECTION 8 Deteriorating Relationships
Attribution Processes in Distressed and Nondistressed Couples: 2. Responsibility for Marital Problems
Frank D. Fincham
The Self-Fulfilling Prophecy in Close Relationships: Rejection Sensitivity and Rejection by Romantic Partners
Geraldine Downey
Antonio L. Freitas
Benjamin Michaelis
Hala Khouri
Emotional Behavior in Long-Term Marriage
Laura L. Carstensen
John M. Gottman
Robert W. Levenson
Patriarchal Terrorism and Common Couple Violence: Two Forms of Violence Against Women
Michael P. Johnson
Appendix: How to Read a Journal Article in Social Psychology 483(10)
Christian H. Jordan
Mark P. Zanna
Author Index 493(16)
Subject Index 509

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