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The Dark Side of Close Relationships II

Edited by William R. Cupach, Brian H. Spitzberg

© 2011 – Routledge

472 pages

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The Dark Side of Close Relationships II is a completely new and up-to-date version of the original volume published in 1998, featuring new topics and authors. The volume showcases cutting-edge work on important topics by prominent scholars in multiple disciplines. It sheds light on the paradoxical, dialectical, and mystifying facets of human interaction, not merely to elucidate dysfunctional relationship phenomena, but to help readers explore and understand it in relation to a broader understanding about relationships. As previous Dark Side investigations have revealed, negative or dysfunctional outcomes can occur in relationships even though positive and functional ones are expected, and at the same time, positive silver linings are often found in some dark relational clouds. Such nuanced approaches are needed to better account for the complexity of close relationships. A unique and provocative collection, this volume will appeal to relationship researchers in communication, social psychology, family studies, and sociology.


"They succeed in presenting a coherent volume that incorporates myriad disciplinary perspectives, including communication, psychology, anthropology, and sociology." - CHOICE, April 2011

Table of Contents

1. Overview of the Dark Side of Relationships Research

Daniel Perlman and Rodrigo J. Carcedo

2. May-December Paradoxes: An Exploration of Age-Gap Relationships in Western Society

Justin J. Lehmiller and Christopher R. Agnew

3. Fairytales and Tragedies: Narratively Making Sense of the Dark Side (and the Dark Side of Making Sense) of Personal Relationships

Jody Koenig Kellas, Erin K. Willer, and Haley Kranstuber

4. Dark Sides of Computer-Mediated Communication

David C. DeAndrea, Stephanie Tom Tong, and Joseph B. Walther

5. Internet Matching Services: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly (Disguised as Attractive)

Susan Sprecher

6. Affectionate Communication is Good, Except When it isn’t: On the Dark Side of Expressing Affection

Kory Floyd and Perry M. Pauley

7. Infidelity: When, Where, Why

Irene Tsapelas, Helen E. Fisher, and Arthur Aron

8. Relational Turbulence: What Doesn’t Kill Us Makes Us Stronger

Denise Haunani Solomon and Jennifer A. Theiss

9. In-Laws or Outlaws: The Dark and the Bright in In-Law Relationships

Mary Claire Morr Serewicz and Rebecca A. Hosmer

10. Dark Clouds with Silver Linings: The (Dys)Functional Ambivalence of Stepfamily


Paul Schrodt and Dawn O. Braithwaite

11. Women’s Relationships with Incarcerated Men

Susan A. Miller and Diane H. Felmlee

12. The Meaning of Girls’ Social Aggression: Nasty or Mastery?

Erin K. Willer and William R. Cupach

13. Intimate Partner Violence and Aggression: Seeing the Light in a Dark Place

Brian H. Spitzberg

14. Narcissism and Relationships: From Light to Dark

Joshua D. Foster and Jean M. Twenge

15. Living Single: Lightening Up those Dark, Dopey Myths

Bella DePaulo

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Communication Studies
PSYCHOLOGY / Interpersonal Relations
PSYCHOLOGY / Social Psychology