Dynamics of Romantic Love: Attachment, Caregiving, and Sex
A theoretically and empirically rich exploration of universal questions, this book examines the interplay of three distinct behavioral systems involved in romantic love. Leading attachment researchers are joined by proponents of other perspectives, including interdependence theory and self-expansion theory, to review the current state of knowledge in the field. Presented are compelling new studies that address intimacy, jealousy, self-disclosure, sexual behavior, partner violence, and other processes in both satisfying and dysfunctional relationships. Special topics include gender differences in attachment as well as attachment dynamics within same-sex couples.
I. Introduction 1. Attachment to Attachment Theory: A Personal Perspective on an Attachment Researcher, Gail S. Goodman 2. Attachment, Caregiving, and Sex within Romantic Relationships: A Behavioral Systems Perspective, Mario Mikulincer II. Basic Attachment Processes in Couple Relationships 3. What Is Adult Attachment?, Cindy Hazan, Mary Campa, and Nurit Gur-Yaish 4. The Evolution of Attachment in Romantic Relationships, Claudia Chloe Brumbaugh and R. Chris Fraley 5. An Attachment Perspective on Abusive Dynamics in Intimate Relationships, Kim Bartholomew and Colleen J. Allison 6. Sex Differences in Jealousy: A Matter of Evolution or Attachment History?, Kenneth N. Levy, Kristen M. Kelly, and Ejay L. Jack III. Interplay between the Caregiving and Attachment Systems 7. Responding to Need in Intimate Relationships: Normative Processes and Individual Differences, Nancy L. Collins, AnaMarie C. Guichard, Máire B. Ford, and Brooke C. Feeney 8. Attachment, Mental Representations of Others, and Gratitude and Forgiveness in Romantic Relationships, Mario Mikulincer, Phillip R. Shaver, and Keren Slav 9. Daily Perceptions of Conflict and Support in Romantic Relationships: The Ups and Downs of Anxiously Attached Individuals, Jeffry A. Simpson, Lorne Campbell, and Yanna J. Weisberg IV. Attachment, Sex, and Love 10. Attachment Styles, Sex Motives, and Sexual Behavior: Evidence for Gender-Specific Expressions of Attachment Dynamics, M. Lynne Cooper, Mark Pioli, Ash Levitt, Amelia E. Talley, Lada Micheas, and Nancy L. Collins 11. How Do I Love Thee?: Implications of Attachment Theory for Understanding Same-Sex Love and Desire, Lisa M. Diamond 12. Attachment-Related Pathways to Sexual Coercion, Deborah Davis 13. How Do Sexuality and Attachment Interrelate?: Goals, Motives, and Strategies, Omri Gillath and Dory A. Schachner V. Interfaces between Attachment Theory and Other Perspectives on Romantic Love 14. Romantic Relationships from the Perspectives of the Self-Expansion Model and Attachment Theory: Partially Overlapping Circles, Arthur Aron and Elaine N. Aron 15. Implications of Attachment Theory for Research on Intimacy, Harry T. Reis 16. Seasons of the Heart, Ellen Berscheid 17. Dynamics of Romantic Love: Comments, Questions, and Future Directions, Phillip R. Shaver
Attachment researchers; students in social, developmental, and clinical psychology; mental health practitioners. May serve as a text in graduate-level courses in romantic love, adult attachment, and close relationships.