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Sexuality in Close Relationships

1st Edition

Edited by Kathleen McKinney, Susan Sprecher

Psychology Press

240 pages

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This is one of the first volumes to examine the interface between research undertaken in sexuality and that in close relationships from a social psychological perspective. Experts from several different disciplines offer chapters that contain theory, extant literature, and their own original research on such topics as jealousy, extradyadic sexuality, communication, love, and sexual coercion. Aimed at a fairly wide audience, this book will be of interest to students, faculty, and other professionals in social psychology, sociology, communication, and family and women's studies. It is also a valuable source of information for teachers, researchers, and clinicians working in the areas of human sexuality and/or close relationships.


"The contributors are to be applauded for their efforts to examine a broad range of sexual phenomena within the context of many different relationships (e.g., premarital, marital, extradyadic, adolescent, adult, heterosexual, homosexual, etc.) and interpersonal phenomena (e.g., love, jealousy, communication, etc.)….Sexuality in Close Relationships (1991) represents the kind of quality material I have learned to expect from both the editors and contributing authors, and is a valuable and necessary addition to any researcher's bookshelf."

International Society for the Study of Personal Relationship Bulletin

"…This is an interesting and valuable book for either pedagogical or personal use….I liked this book. It is a real contribution to the study of both close relationships and human sexuality. It is well edited, interdisciplinary, and provocative. Few authors achieve this much."

Contemporary Psychology

"… the volume … has considerable value as a resource."

Science and Technology

"…a well-written scholarly and practical book….The authors provide a wonderful mixture of wisdom about love relationships, a scholarly review of the existing research, and a tough standard for research. Researchers will find it a valuable encyclopedia of the research on this topic."

Archives of Sexual Behavior

"It is a valuable source of information for teachers, researchers, and clinicians working in the areas of human sexuality and/or close relationships."

The Midwest Book Review

Table of Contents

Contents: K. McKinney, S. Sprecher, Introduction. T.L. Orbuch, J.H. Harvey, Methodological and Conceptual Issues in the Study of Sexuality in Close Relationships. A. Aron, E.N. Aron, Love and Sexuality. J.D. DeLamater, Emotions and Sexuality. J.A. Simpson, S.W. Gangestad, Personality and Sexuality: Empirical Relations and an Integrative Theoretical Model. W.R. Cupach, S. Metts, Sexuality and Communication in Close Relationships. F.S. Christopher, M.W. Roosa, Factors Affecting Sexual Decisions in the Premarital Relationships of Adolescents and Young Adults. R.G. Bringle, B. Buunk, Extradyadic Relationships and Sexual Jealousy. C. Muehlenhard, M.F. Goggins, J. Jones, A. Satterfield, Sexual Violence and Coercion in Close Relationships. L.A. Kurdek, Sexuality in Homosexual and Heterosexual Couples. S. Duck, Afterward: Couples and Coupling.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
PSYCHOLOGY / Social Psychology