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Gender and Close Relationships / Edition 1

Gender and Close Relationships / Edition 1


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Born into a gendered world, gender affects virtually all of our close relationships. How we interact with one another during each stage of a relationship is influenced by the volatile and sometimes divisive role that gender plays in our lives. Gender and Close Relationships is an exploration into the current world of gendered interaction and the ways in which gender influences how others perceive and treat us. This timely and comprehensive discussion demonstrates, clearly, how societies construct and create gendered relationships, but also suggests how "non-traditional" close relationships may strengthen, or make irrelevant, gender-linked behavior. While framed within a solid scholarship, the authors' presentation style is accessible, engaging, and practical. This book is ideal for students as well as academics, researchers, and practitioners in the fields of psychology, gender studies, interpersonal communication, and family studies. Gender and Close Relationships will also provide the interested lay reader with a deeper understanding of how being gender-identified may influence the quality, quantity, and content of our relationships.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780803971677
Publisher: SAGE Publications
Publication date: 04/09/1997
Series: SAGE Series on Close Relationships , #15
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 184
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.42(d)

Table of Contents

Series Editors' Introductionix
Explaining Gender Differences in Relationships3
Dimension 1Structural Versus Individual4
Dimension 2Socialization Versus Biology8
2.Attraction and Dating18
Choice of a Romantic Partner19
"Opposites" Attract?26
"Being Good at Being a Man (Or Woman)"31
"Safer Sex": Condom Use Among Dating Couples35
Perceived Benefits and Costs of Romantic Relationships38
3.Sexual Relations41
Male and Female Attitudes About Acceptable Sexual Behaviors42
Why Men and Women Hold Different Attitudes About Sex in Casual Relationships47
Reasons Given by Females and Males for Having Sex50
Sexual Role-Playing: Who Initiates, Who Sets Limits?55
Forced Sex60
4.Relationship Maintenance66
Maintenance Behaviors67
Predicting Relationship Satisfaction and Stability71
Division of Labor77
5.Conflict and Violence88
The Demand-Withdrawal Interaction Pattern89
Gender Stereotypes About How Men and Women Cope With Conflict95
Is There a Physiological Explanation for Why Men May Withdraw From High Conflict Situations?96
How Do Same-Sex Couples Handle Conflict?96
How Males and Females May Be Alike in Coping With Conflict: Relationship Types97
Physical Assaults98
Gender Differences in Physical Aggressiveness100
Interaction Patterns in Couples With a Violent Husband104
Violence in Same-Sex Couples107
Gender Roles and Relationships111
Child and Adolescent Friendships114
Adult Same-Sex Friendships117
Adult Cross-Sex Friendships123
7.Epilogue: Final Thoughts130
Theories Revisited131
Research on Gender and Relationships133
Implications for Your Relationships134
About the Authors167

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