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Overview

"The Mating Game is a comprehensive, multidisciplinary, introductory text about human mating relationships aimed specifically at a university audience. It progresses beyond a psychological or biological/physiological stance and encompasses a wide array of disciplines. The comprehensive review and up-to-date information contained in The Mating Game not only provides answers to questions about important life events but also encourages readers' interest in the field of interpersonal relationships and human mating.

—Sir Reada Lot.org

The Mating Game: A Primer on Love, Sex, and Marriage, Second Edition, is the only comprehensive, multidisciplinary, introductory text about human mating relationships aimed specifically at a university audience. It progresses beyond a psychological or biological/physiological stance and encompasses a wide array of disciplines. This comprehensive review of theory and empirical research takes an integrated perspective on the fundamental human experiences of love and sex. Strongly grounded in methodology and research design, author Pamela C. Regan offers relevant examples and anecdotes along with ample pedagogy that will spark debate and discussion on these provocative and complex topics.

New to the Second Edition

  • Freshly presented material, with reorganized text that provides a smoother transition between major sections
  • Reviews of the most recent theoretical and empirical work in the areas of love, sexuality, mate selection, and marriage
  • New information on the phenomenon of “cyber-flirting” and the development of romantic relationships over the Internet
  • Inclusion of cutting-edge biochemistry research, including a discussion of cutting-edge research on the biochemistry of passion and affection
  • Discussion of emerging research on non-heterosexual relationships and cross-cultural dynamics
  • Expanded chapters on critical topics and an important new chapter on relationship intervention

Intended Audience This text is ideal for upper level undergraduate or graduate students in psychology, family studies, and sociology, who will find this engaging text a valuable tool for course-related research activities, as well as for self-awareness.

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Editorial Reviews

Sir - ReadAlot.org
"The Mating Game is a comprehensive, multidisciplinary, introductory text about human mating relationships aimed specifically at a university audience. It progresses beyond a psychological or biological/physiological stance and encompasses a wide array of disciplines. The comprehensive review and up-to-date information contained in The Mating Game not only provides answers to questions about important life events but also encourages readers' interest in the field of interpersonal relationships and human mating.-Sir Reada Lot.org— Savannah Jones
Sir Reada Lot.org - Savannah Jones
"The Mating Game is a comprehensive, multidisciplinary, introductory text about human mating relationships aimed specifically at a university audience. It progresses beyond a psychological or biological/physiological stance and encompasses a wide array of disciplines. The comprehensive review and up-to-date information contained in The Mating Game not only provides answers to questions about important life events but also encourages readers' interest in the field of interpersonal relationships and human mating.

—Sir Reada Lot.org

Clyde Hendrick
"Pamela Regan's writing style moved a chapter along at a brisk pace, but by chapter's end I felt that the topic had been covered fully and relatively completely. As a seasoned professional in the area, the book was an excellent review."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781412957052
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications
  • Publication date: 2/20/2008
  • Edition description: Second Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 368
  • Sales rank: 447,017
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Pamela Regan is Associate Professor of Psychology and Director of the Social Relations Lab at California State University, Los Angeles. She received her Ph.D. in Psychology from the University of Minnesota. Her research interests are in the areas of close relationships and human sexuality, with an emphasis on passionate love, sexual desire, and mate preference. She is a young "up-and-coming" professor (Ph.D. 1994) who has already established a name for herself by publishing over 40 journal articles, book chapters, and reviews (and giving close to 60 professional presentations) on the dynamics of sex, love, and human mating. She is the coauthor, with Ellen Berscheid, of Lust: What We Know About Human Sexual Desire (Sage Series on Close Relationships, 1999).

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Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgments
PART I. MATING RELATIONSHIPS
Chapter 1. Mate Preferences
Theoretical Approaches to Human Mating
Methods Used to Examine Mate Preferences
Empirical Evidence
Continuing Debates
Summary
Chapter 2. Attraction and Courtship
Communicating Romantic Interest
The First Date
Beyond the First Date: Initiating a Romantic Relationship
Pathways to Commitment
Summary
Chapter 3. Relationship Development
The Sequence of Relationship Development
The Process of Relationship Development
Summary
Chapter 4. Marriage and Mate Selection
Mating Systems Across Cultures
The Nature of Marriage
Division of Labor
Marital Satisfaction: How Happy are Married Couples?
Has Marriage Changed Over Time?
Same-Sex Marriage
Cohabitation: An Alternative to Marriage
Summary
Chapter 5. Conflict and Dissolution
Conflict
Relationship Dissolution
Summary
Chapter 6. Intervention
Identifying Distressed Relationships
Treating Distressed Relationships
Does Therapy Work?
Summary
PART II. LOVE
Chapter 7. General Theories of Love
The Triangular Theory of Love
The Colors (Styles) of Love
The Prototype Approach: Mental Models of Love
Summary
Chapter 8. Passionate and Companionate Love
Passionate Love: A "Sexy" Kind of Love
Companionate Love: A "Sturdy" Kind of Love
Summary
Chapter 9. Love Gone Bad: Problematic Aspects of Love
Unrequited Passionate Love
Obsession and Relational Stalking
Mismatched Love Styles
Loss of Passion
Summary
PART III. SEX
Chapter 10. Sexual Attitudes
Beliefs About Sex in Dating Relationships
Beliefs About Sex in Marital Relationships
Summary
Chapter 11. Sex in Beginning Relationships
Sexuality and the Attraction Process
Sexuality in Beginning Relationships
Summary
Chapter 12. Sex in Established Relationships
Sexual Frequency
Sexual Practices
Sexual Preferences
Sexual Satisfaction
Sexual Communication
Sexuality and Relationship Satisfaction
Summary
Chapter 13. Sex Gone Bad: Problematic Aspects of Relational Sex
Sexual Dissatisfaction
Sexual Aggression
Sexual Infidelity
Sexual Jealousy
Summary
PART IV. INDIVIDUAL DIFFERENCES
Chapter 14. Maleness and Femaleness
Biological Sex
Psychological Gender or Sex Role Orientation
Summary
Chapter 15. Personality
Supertraits
Self-Monitoring
Sociosexual Orientation
Summary
Chapter16. Interpersonal Belief Systems
Attachment Styles
Rejection Sensitivity
Romanticism
Summary
Concluding Remarks
References
Author Index
Subject Index
About The Author

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