This volume presents cutting edge research and theory on stability and change in personal relationships. The first section includes chapters that describe the "scaffolding " of stability and change. It focuses on various qualities that partners bring to their relationships. The second section emphasizes ongoing processes that characterize relationships. Chapters focus on issues such as arguing and sacrificing. The final section of the volume describes the influences of social environments on stability and change in relationships. Historical and cross-cultural contexts are examined, as are social networks and the effect of technology.
Part I. Actors: The Scaffolding of Stability and Change: 1. Change in relationship knowledge representations Paula R. Pietromonaco, Jean-Philippe Laurenceau and Lisa Feldman Barrett; 2. Personality effects on personal relationships over the life span Jens B. Asendorpf; 3. An intergenerational model of romantic relationship development Chalandra M. Bryant and Rand D. Conger; 4. How relationships begin and end: a genetic perspective David T. Lykken; Part II. Behaviors: The Processes of Stability and Change: 5. Serial arguing over the relational life course: antecedents and consequences Michael E. Roloff and Kristen Linnea Johnson; 6. Communication, relationships concerns, and satisfaction in early marriage Patricia Noller and Judith A. Feeney; 7. Sacrifice in romantic relationships: an exploration of relevant research and theory Sarah Whitton, Scott Stanley and Howard Markman; 8. Stability and change in social relations: perspectives from gerontology and stress research David A. Chiriboga; 9. What microanalysis of behavior in social situations can reveal about relationships across the life span Rebecca M. Warner; 10. Developing a multifaceted view of change in relationships Ronald D. Rogge and Thomas N. Bradbury; Part III. Contexts: The Social Environment for Stability and Change: 11. Social networks and change in personal relationships Susan Sprecher, Diane Felmlee, Terri L. Orbuch and Marion C. Willetts; 12. Creating a context for change: integrative couple therapy Jennifer Wheeler and Andrew Christensen; 13. Passionate love and sexual desire: cultural and historical perspectives Elaine Hatfield and Richard L. Rapson; 14. Rules for responsive robots: using human interactions to build virtual interactions Joseph N. Cappella and Catherine Pelachaud.