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Drawing on psychology, family studies, sociology, communication studies, and neuroscience, Intimate Relationships is a comprehensive and current overview of relationship science written in an engaging and accessible style. The seventh edition of this best-selling text includes new, thought-provoking teaching tools and over 600 new references.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780078117152
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Higher Education
  • Publication date: 10/21/2011
  • Edition number: 6
  • Pages: 576
  • Sales rank: 143,321
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Table of Contents

Miller, Intimate Relationships 7e


Author Page

Chapter 1: The Building Blocks of Relationships

The nature and importance of intimacy

The influence of culture

The influence of experience

The influence of individual differences

The influence of human nature

The influence of interaction

The dark side of relationships

For your consideration

Chapter summary

Chapter 2: Research Methods

The short history of relationship science

Developing a question

Obtaining participants

Choosing a design

Selecting a setting

The nature of our data

The ethics of such endeavors

Interpreting and integrating results

A final note

For your consideration

Chapter summary

Chapter 3: Attraction

The fundamental basis of attraction

Proximity: liking those near us

Physical attractiveness: liking those who are lovely

Reciprocity: liking those who like us

Similarity: liking those who are like us

Barriers: liking those we cannot have

So, what do men and women want?

For your consideration

Chapter summary

Chapter 4: Social Cognition

First impressions (and beyond)

The power of perceptions

Impression management

So, just how well do we know our partners?

For your consideration

Chapter summary

Chapter 5: Communication

Nonverbal communication

Verbal communication

Dysfunctional communication and what to do about it

For your consideration

Chapter summary

Chapter 6: Interdependency

Social exchange

The economies of relationships

Are we really this greedy?

The nature of commitment

For your consideration

Chapter summary

Chapter 7: Friendship

The nature of friendship

Friendship across the life cycle

Differences in friendship

Friendship difficulties

For your consideration

Chapter summary

Chapter 8: Love

A brief history of love

Types of love

Individual and cultural differences in love

Does love last?

For your consideration

Chapter summary

Chapter 9: Sexuality

Sexual attitudes

Sexual behavior

Sexual satisfaction

Sexual coercion

For your consideration

Chapter summary

Chapter 10: Stresses and Strains

Perceived relational value

Hurt feelings



Deception and lying



For your consideration

Chapter summary

Chapter 11: Conflict

The nature of conflict

The course of conflict

The outcomes of conflict

For your consideration

Chapter summary

Chapter 12: Power and Violence

Power and interdependence

Violence in relationships

For your consideration

Chapter summary

Chapter 13: The Dissolution and Loss of Relationships

The changing rate of divorce

The predictors of divorce

Breaking up

The aftermath of breakups

For your consideration

Chapter summary

Chapter 14: Maintaining and Repairing Relationships

Maintaining and enhancing relationships

Repairing relationships

In conclusion

For your consideration

Chapter summary



Name Index

Subject Index

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