Intimate Relationships: Issues, Theories, and Research / Edition 2

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Intimate Relationships covers both classic and current material in a concise yet thorough and rigorous manner. Chapters range from attraction to love, attachment to jealousy, conflict to relationship dissolution — all written in a warm, personal, and engaging voice.

Each chapter is organized around the major issues and relevant theories, in addition to a critical evaluation about the research. When appropriate, the authors discuss and evaluate popular ideas about relationship processes in the context of scientific research. This includes critical evaluations of evolutionary approaches to attraction, victim-based accounts of abuse, and the separate-cultures view of the sexes.

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Early chapters of this text consider research methods and describe advantages and limitations of traditional social science methods in studying intimate relationships. Later chapters cover theories and research on attraction, processes that unfold after attraction takes place, love, sexuality, and communication. Other chapters explore the darker side of relationships such as jealousy. Ralph Erber is affiliated with DePaul University; Maureen Wang Erber with Northeastern Illinois University. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780205454464
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 2/9/2010
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 352
  • Sales rank: 204,244
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Ralph Erber is professor of psychology and associate dean in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at DePaul University. He received his undergraduate degree in sociology from the University of Mannheim and his Ph.D. in psychology from Carnegie Mellon University. His work has been published in a number of places, including the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology and the Journal of Experimental Social Psychology. He is also the author and editor of several books, including Understanding Genocide: The Social Psychology of the Holocaust (with Len Newman). He was president of the Midwestern Psychological Association in 2005-2006, and with Leonard Martin edited Psychological Inquiry from 2003-2009.

Maureen Wang Erber is professor of psychology at Northeastern Illinois University where she is Associate Chair of the department. Her Bachelor’s degree includes a double major in Psychology and French, with certificates from L’Institute Catholique and the Sorbonne in Paris. She received her Ph.D. in psychology from the University of North Carolina-Greensboro. Her work has been published in a number of places, including the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology and the Journal of Cross-Cultural Psychology. Her research interests include conflict and trust in intimate relationships and mate-choice copying.

The authors met at a social psychology conference in October 1988 and were married the following'summer. They live in north suburban Chicago with their children Kekoa and Kai, two cats, a pet turtle, and assorted fish. The game of soccer is one of the many passions they share.

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Table of Contents

1. Strangers, Friends, and Lovers 2. Methods to Study Relationships 3. Physical Attraction 4. Psychological Attraction 5. Self-Presentation and Self-Disclosure 6. Fairness and Equity 7. Love and Emotion 8. Attachment 9. Sexuality 10. Communication and Relationship Management 11. Fidelity and Jealousy 12. Relationship Violence and Abuse 13. Conflict 14. Dissolution and Its Aftermath

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