This text, written by two social psychologists, tells the story of scientific research on intimate relationships in a comprehensive yet concise manner.
Presented at a level equally suited for beginning and advanced students of the field, Intimate Relationships covers both classic and current material. Chapters range from attraction to love, attachment to jealousy, conflict to relationship dissolution – all written in a warm, personal, and engaging voice.
Each chapter is organized around the major issues and relevant theories, in addition to a critical evaluation about the research. When appropriate, the authors discuss and evaluate popular ideas about relationship processes in the context of scientific research. This includes critical evaluations of evolutionary approaches to attraction, victim-based accounts of abuse, and the separate-cultures view of the sexes.
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Early chapters of this text consider research methods and describe advantages and limitations of traditional social science methods in studying intimate relationships. Later chapters cover theories and research on attraction, processes that unfold after attraction takes place, love, sexuality, and communication. Other chapters explore the darker side of relationships such as jealousy. Ralph Erber is affiliated with DePaul University; Maureen Wang Erber with Northeastern Illinois University. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)