Romantic relationships, especially good ones, are desired of almost all humans. However, what makes such relationships good and nourishing? For the most part, it is the support and intimacy that exists within the couple, and their ability to experience life and face difficulties together.
This book is divided into two sections, one focusing on the couple and their intimate relationship, and the other on how that relationship influences their offspring. Part one examines whether sacrificing in an intimate relationship is always beneficial and whether it help strengthen the marital/couple unit? Attachment theory has had a significant influence on how we view relationships in childhood as well as in adulthood. The book sheds light on the mechanisms that mediate attachment style and the quality of the intimate relationships, exploring the relationship between one’s ability to express empathy and that person’s ability to offer social support to his/her partner.
The second part of the book explores what young adults think about marriage, influenced by their parental relationship; how parental relationships affect children’s social experience in school; how parental approaches to children affect their sibling relationship; the parental role in childhood eating disturbances; and how the family climate affects children’s loneliness.
All in all, the book affords a thorough review not only of what marital/couple intimacy is and what can affect it, but how significant it is in affecting their children, in and out of the house. The chapters in this book were originally published in the Journal of Psychology.
Introduction Ami Rokach
Part I: Marital and Intimate Relations
1. Intimacy Behaviors and Relationship Satisfaction for Cohabitors: Intimate Sacrifices Are Not Always Beneficial Valerie J. Young and Melissa A. Curran
2. Adult Attachment and Dyadic Adjustment: The Mediating Role of Shame Teresa C. Martins, Maria Cristina Canavarro and Helena Moreira
3. Humor Use in Romantic Relationships: The Effects of Relationship Satisfaction and Pleasant Versus Conflict Situations Bethany Butzer and Nicholas A. Kuiper
4. Empathy and Social Support Provision in Couples: Social Support and the Need to Study the Underlying Processes Inge Devoldre, Mark H. Davis, Lesley L. Verhofstadt and Ann Buysse
5. Adult Attachment Styles and Psychological Disease: Examining the Mediating Role of Personality Traits Paola Surcinelli, Nicolino Rossi, Ornella Montebarocci and Bruno Baldaro
6. How Does Culture Influence the Degree of Romantic Loneliness and Closeness? Sean Seepersad, Mi-Kyung Choi and Nana Shin
Part II: Parents, children, support and intimacy
7. Marriage Matters But How Much? Marital Centrality Among Young Adults Brian J. Willoughby, Scott S. Hall and Saige Goff
8. Parental Attachment and Adolescents’ Perception of School Alienation: The Mediation Role of Self-Esteem and Adjustment Ercan Kocayörük and Ömer Faruk Şimşek
9. Young Adult Sibling Relations: The Effects of Perceived Parental Favoritism and Narcissism Ricky Finzi-Dottan and Orna Cohen
10. Perceived Parenting and Separation-Individuation in Belgian College Students: Associations with Emotional Adjustment Marie Delhaye, Chantal Kempenaers, Paul Linkowski, Rob Stroobants and Luc Goossens
11. Parental Support and Adolescent Motivation for Dieting: The Self-Determination Theory Perspective Idit Katz, Nir Madjar and Adi Harari
12. The Effect of Attachment Insecurity in the Development of Eating Disturbances across Gender: The Role of Body Dissatisfaction Nefeli Koskina and Theodoros Giovazolias
13. Children’s Loneliness, Sense of Coherence, Family Climate, and Hope: Developmental Risk and Protective Factors Adi Sharabi, Uzi Levi and Malka Margalit