This handbook brings together the latest thinking on the scientific study of closeness and intimacy from some of the most active and widely recognized relationship scholars in social and clinical psychology, communication studies, and related disciplines. Each contributing author defines their understanding of the meaning of closeness and intimacy; summarizes existing research and provides an overview of a theoretical framework; presents new ideas, applications, and previously unstated theoretical connections; and provides cross-references to other chapters to further integrate the material.
The Handbook of Closeness and Intimacy will be of interest to researchers, practitioners, and students from social, clinical, and developmental psychology; family studies; counseling; and communication.
"Mashek and Aron have assembled a book that summarizes the central relationship processes of closeness and intimacy. Not only do the contributors offer an overview of a theoretical framework on closeness and intimacy, each chapter contains a plethora of new ideas, new applications, and previously unstated theoretical conntections….highly recommended to anyone interested in the topic."
"… a rich compendium with a wealth of fresh insights, new theoretical connections, and practical implications. I wholeheartedly recommend it…a superb set of contributors, a veritable who's who of the area…"
—Daniel Perlman, Ph.D.
University of British Columbia, Canada
"…a 'must have' volume in most researchers' libraries and useful for graduate classes…"
—Sandra Petronio, Ph.D.
Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis
"This work serves not only as an authoritative reference for researchers in social and clinical psychology, but also as a treasure trove of useful facts for relationship therapists."
—Neal Roese, Ph.D.
Department of Psychology, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
"I personally would purchase it, would advise my colleagues and library to do so, and if I were teaching a graduate seminar on closeness and intimacy, I would adopt the handbook."
—Dr. Mark Fine
University of Missouri-Columbia
Contents: Preface. D.J. Mashek, A.P. Aron, Introduction. Part I: What Are Closeness and Intimacy? B. Fehr, A Prototype Model of Intimacy Interactions in Same-Sex Friendships. A.P. Aron, D.J. Mashek, E.N. Aron, Closeness as Including Other in the Self. K.J. Prager, L.J. Roberts, Deep Intimate Connection: Self and Intimacy in Couple Relationships. J-P. Laurenceau, L.M. Rivera, A.R. Schaffer, P.R. Pietromonaco, Intimacy as an Interpersonal Process: Current Status and Future Directions. Part II: How Can Closeness and Intimacy Be Measured? E. Berscheid, M. Snyder, A.M. Omoto, Measuring Closeness: The Relationship Closeness Inventory (RCI) Revisited. C.R. Agnew, T.J. Loving, B. Le, W. Goodfriend, Thinking Close: Measuring Relational Closeness as Perceived Self-Other Inclusion. E.F. Kouneski, D.H. Olson, A Practical Look at Intimacy: ENRICH Couple Typology. Part III: What Are the General Processes of Closeness and Intimacy? C.E. Rusbult, M. Kumashiro, M.K. Coolsen, J.L. Kirchner, Interdependence, Closeness, and Relationships. N.L. Collins, B.C. Feeney, An Attachment Theory Perspective on Closeness and Intimacy. K.D. Vohs, R.F. Baumeister, Sexual Passion, Intimacy, and Gender. H.T. Reis, M.S. Clark, J.G. Holmes, Perceived Partner Responsiveness as an Organizing Construct in the Study of Intimacy and Closeness. Part IV: What Individual Differences Play a Role in Closeness and Intimacy? S.E. Cross, J.S. Gore, The Relational Self-Construal and Closeness. C.A. Sanderson, The Link Between the Pursuit of Intimacy Goals and Satisfaction in Close Relationships: An Examination of the Underlying Processes. E.N. Aron, The Impact of Adult Temperament on Closeness and Intimacy. Part V: What Situational Factors Play a Role in Closeness and Intimacy? X.B. Arriaga, W. Goodfriend, A. Lohmann, Beyond the Individual: Concomitants of Closeness in the Social and Physical Environment. C.B. Wortman, K. Wolff, G.A. Bonanno, Loss of an Intimate Partner Through Death. G. Adams, S.L. Anderson, J.K. Adonu, The Cultural Grounding of Closeness and Intimacy. Part VI: Is There a Dark Side to Closeness and Intimacy? D.J. Mashek, M.D. Sherman, Desiring Less Closeness With Intimate Others. W. Ickes, J. Hutchison, D.J. Mashek, Closeness as Intersubjectivity: Social Absorption and Social Individuation. R.W. Firestone, L. Firestone, Methods for Overcoming the Fear of Intimacy. R.S. Edelstein, P.R. Shaver, Avoidant Attachment: Exploration of an Oxymoron. A.P. Aron, D.J. Mashek, Conclusion.