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Overview

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, sex, and the formation of romantic relationships. Strongly grounded in methodology and research design, this text by 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 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, plus a discussion of research on the biochemistry of passion and affection, Discussion of emerging research on nonheterosexual relationships and cross-cultural dynamics, Expanded chapters on critical topics and an important new chapter on relationship intervention, Freshly presented material with smooth transitions that build links between major sections.

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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.

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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: 9780761926368
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications
  • Publication date: 12/28/2002
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 304
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.70 (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     xiii
Acknowledgments     xvii
Mating Relationships     1
Mate Preferences     3
Attraction and Courtship     21
Relationship Development     39
Marriage and Mate Selection     61
Conflict and Dissolution     79
Intervention     103
Love     117
General Theories of Love     119
Passionate and Companionate Love     137
Love Gone Bad: Problematic Aspects of Love     161
Sex     173
Sexual Attitudes     175
Sex in Beginning Relationships     185
Sex in Established Relationships     201
Sex Gone Bad: Problematic Aspects of Relational Sex     217
Individual Differences     231
Maleness and Femaleness     233
Personality     247
Interpersonal Belief Systems     263
Concluding Remarks     275
References     277
Author Index     319
Subject Index     331
About the Author     347
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