Intimate Relationships across the Lifespan: Formation, Development, Enrichment, and Maintenance

Intimate Relationships across the Lifespan: Formation, Development, Enrichment, and Maintenance

by Abdul Khaleque

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Overview

This comprehensive research-based book is a next-generation study of intimate relationships that explores implications for health and well-being across cultures, genders, and traditional as well as non-traditional relationships.

This book fills the need for a contemporary analysis of intimate relationships and their implications for people's health, well-being, and quality of life. It covers topics not ordinarily included in textbooks on this topic, in non-traditional areas such as LGBT relationships. The text also addresses intervention strategies for relationship problems and offers tools and techniques for assessing intimate relationships.

Chapters are organized to present information about the origin, formation, development, enrichment, and maintenance of intimate relationships in a way that allows readers to build upon what they have learned. The text provides integrated and evidence-based information on almost all aspects of intimate relationships and will be of interest to undergraduate and graduate students as well as faculty in family studies, psychology, and other social sciences. Moreover, counselors, clinicians, and therapists working on conflict, violence, abuse, maladjustment, depression, deterioration, dissolution, reconstruction, and enrichment of marital and non-marital intimate relationships will find this text valuable for their practice.

• Explores intimate relationships across ages, cultures, traditional and non-traditional relationships

• Details the effects of intimate relationships on health, well-being, and quality of life

• Describes research tools and methods for assessing relationships

• Explains intervention strategies for relationship problems

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781440861406
Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date: 02/08/2018
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 428
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

Abdul Khaleque, PhD, is adjunct professor in the Department of Human Development and Family Studies at the University of Connecticut and Senior Scientist in the Ronald and Nancy Rohner Center for the Study of Interpersonal Acceptance and Rejection at the University of Connecticut.

Table of Contents

Foreword Ronald P. Rohner xi

Preface xiii

Acknowledgments xv

Chapter 1 Introduction 1

Origin and Meaning of Intimacy 1

Elements of Intimacy 1

Intimate Relationships 2

Dynamics and Dimensions of Intimate Relationships 3

Dimensions of Intimate Relationships 3

Fear of Intimacy 5

Correlates of Intimate Relationships 6

Chapter Summary 15

Reflective Questions 16

Chapter 2 Research Methods 17

Major Concepts 17

Characteristics of Research 17

Research Objectives 18

Research Information 19

Research Topic and Proposal 19

Hypothesis 20

Research Designs 21

Sampling 27

Chapter Summary 31

Reflective Questions 32

Chapter 3 Intimate Relationships across the Lifespan 33

Major Lifespan Premises 33

Attachment Relationships during Adolescence 38

Romantic Relationships of Adolescents 41

Sexual Behavior of Adolescents 42

Teen Pregnancy and Abortion 46

Adult Intimate Relationships 49

Chapter Summary 63

Reflective Questions 63

Chapter 4 Historical and Theoretical Perspectives of Intimate Relationships 65

Historical Perspective 65

Theoretical Perspective 67

Psychosocial Theory 69

Humanistic Theory 74

Bioecological Systems Theory 76

Chapter Summary 78

Reflective Questions 80

Chapter 5 Interpersonal Acceptance-Rejection Theory and Attachment Theory 81

Interpersonal Acceptance-Rejection Theory 81

Origin of Interpersonal Acceptance-Rejection Theory 83

Basic Tenets of Interpersonal Acceptance-Rejection Theory 84

Paradigm Shift in Interpersonal Acceptance-Rejection Theory 89

Cross-Cultural Implications of Interpersonal Acceptance-Rejection Theory 90

Criticisms of the Theory 90

Attachment Theory 90

Chapter Summary 103

Reflective Questions 104

Chapter 6 Theory-Based Research on Intimate Relationships 105

Review of IPARTheory Literature 105

Attachment Research Literature 119

Review of Adult Attachment Research 119

Chapter Summary 125

Reflective Questions 127

Chapter 7 Communication in Intimate Relationships 129

Different Categories of Communication 129

Effective Communication 140

Chapter Summary 142

Reflective Questions 143

Chapter 8 Attraction and Intimate Relationships 145

Foundation of Attraction 145

Attraction and Personality 150

Attraction among Gays and Lesbians 151

Attraction and Gender Stereotypes 152

Attraction and Gender-Atypical Traits 153

Predictors of Attraction 153

Theories of Attraction 157

Chapter Summary 161

Reflective Questions 162

Chapter 9 Friendship 163

Basis of Friendships 164

Components of Friendship 164

Characteristics of a Good Friend 165

Difference between Friendship and Love 166

Rules of Friendship 166

Quality of Friendship 167

Friendship Expectations 168

Dimensions of Friendship Expectations 169

Differences in Friendship 170

Cross-Sex Friendship 171

Managing Sexual Attraction in Friendship 173

Obstacles to Friendship 174

Friendship across the Lifespan 175

Developmental Outcomes of Friendship 180

Chapter Summary 182

Reflective Questions 183

Chapter 10 Love 185

Components of Love 185

Patterns of Love 186

Individual Differences in Love 187

Different Perspectives on Love 190

How Long Does Love Last? 198

Chapter Summary 199

Reflective Questions 200

Chapter 11 Sexuality 201

Sexual Attitudes and Behavior 202

Sexual Attitudes and Behavior of Older Adults 203

Sexual Double Standard 206

Sexual Orientation 206

Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity 207

Cultural Aspects of Sexuality 210

Sexual Desire and Gender 210

Sex in Marital and Nonmarital Relationships 211

Safe and Healthy Sex 212

Sexual Ethics, Morality, and Religion 214

Sexual Satisfaction 215

Sexual Coercion and Aggression in Intimate Relationships 217

Chapter Summary 220

Reflective Questions 221

Chapter 12 Intimate Relationships in Married Life 223

Types of Marriage 223

Marital Partner Selection 224

Performing Marriage 224

Effects of Social Changes on Marriage 224

Intimacy in Marriage 226

Marriage and Happiness 226

Marital Quality, Satisfaction, and Happiness 226

Happy and Stable Marriage 228

Theories of Marital Satisfaction and Happiness 230

Money and Marital Happiness 233

Predictors of Happiness 234

Steps to Happiness 234

Divorce 235

Remarriage 240

Chapter Summary 243

Reflective Questions 244

Chapter 13 Intimate Relationships in Alternative Lifestyles 245

Cohabitation 245

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Relationships 250

Lesbian Relationships 251

Gay Relationship 253

Relationships between Bisexual Men and Women 256

Transgender Relationships 257

Genderqueer Relationships 258

Chapter Summary 259

Reflective Questions 260

Chapter 14 Conflict, Abuse, and Violence in Intimate Relationships 261

Conflict in Intimate Relationships 261

Partner Abuse 271

Violence in Intimate Relationships 277

Chapter Summary 281

Reflective Questions 283

Chapter 15 Deterioration and Loss of Intimate Relationships 285

Deterioration of Intimate Relationships 285

Loss of Intimate Relationships 287

Stages of Dissolution 293

Postbreakup Relationships 294

Coping with Relationship Breakups 295

Chapter Summary 295

Reflective Questions 296

Chapter 16 Reconstruction and Enhancement of Intimate Relationships 297

Techniques for Repairing Intimate Relationships 297

Enrichment of Intimate Relationships 299

Maintenance of Intimate Relationships 304

Chapter Summary 311

Reflective Questions 312

References 313

Index 399

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