This volume brings together for the first time the papers which have shaped and defined the field of interpersonal development. It celebrates the maturation of the subject by bringing together the best work by scholars who have been instrumental in furthering the field. The twenty-seven essays describe developmental changes in interactions within specific close relationships, covering parent-child relationships, friendships and peer relationships, romantic and spousal relationships, and sibling relationships. They also detail characteristics of specific relationships and interconnections among these key features, as well as tying close relationships to individual outcomes. The essays are accompanied by an introduction which offers a brief history of the field, a review of relationship definitions and a detailed preview of the articles.
Contents: Series preface; Introduction; Part I Prologue: The relationship context of human behavior and development, Henry T. Reis, W.Andrew Collins and Ellen Berscheid; A developmental guide to the organisation of close relationships, Brett Laursen and William M. Bukowski; The need to belong: desire for interpersonal attachments as a fundamental human motivation, Roy F. Baumeister, Mark R. Leary. Part II Parent-Child Relationships: A reinterpretation of the direction of effects in studies of socialization, Richard Q. Bell; Attachment as an organizational construct, L.Alan Stroufe and Everett Waters; Child adaptational development in contexts of interparental conflict over time, Patrick T. Davies, Melissa.L. Sturge-Apple, Marcia A. Winter, E.Mark Cummings and Deirdre Farrell; Mutually responsive orientation between mothers and their young children: implications for early socialization, Grazyna Kochanska; Parenting style as context: an integrative model, Nancy Darling and Laurence Steinberg; Reconsidering changes in parent-child conflict across adolescence: a meta-analysis, Brett Laursen, Katherine C. Coy and W.Andrew Collins. Part III Friendships and Peer relationships: Age and sex differences in perceptions of networks of personal relationships, Wyndol Furman and Duane Buhrmester; Having friends, keeping friends, making friends and being liked by peers in the classroom: predictors of children's early school adjustment?, Gary W. Ladd; Social networks and aggressive behavior: peer support or peer rejection?, Robert B. Cairns, Beverley D. Cairns, Holly J. Neckerman, Scott D. Jest and Jean-Louis Gari�; Bullying as a group process: participant roles and their relations to social status within the group, Christina Salmivalli, Kirsti Lagerspetz, Kaj Björkqvist, Karin Österman and Ari Kaukiainen; Homophily, selection and socialization in adolescent friendships, Denise B. Kandel; Rehabilitation of socially withdrawn preschool children through mixed-age and same-age soc