This textbook provides an integrated and organized foundation for students seeking a brief but comprehensive introduction to the field of relationship science. It emphasizes the relationship field's intellectual themes, roots, and milestones; discusses its key constructs and their conceptualizations; describes its methodologies and classic studies; and, most important, presents the theories that have guided relationship scholars and produced the field's major research themes.
Table of Contents
Part 1: Relationships: The Web of Life 1. First Relationships 2. Relationships and Health Part 2: Relationship Science 3. The Development of Relationship Science 4. The Concept of Relationship 5. Varieties of Relationship Part 3: Relationship Initiation and Development 6. Birth of a Relationship 7. Relationship Growth and Maintenance Part 4: Relationship Processes 8. Cognitive Processes 9. Affective Processes 10. Dispositional Influences Part 5: Mating Relationships 11. Love 12. Mate Selection and Sex Part 6: Relationships over Time 13. Satisfaction and Stability 14. Intervention and Dissolution
Ellen S. Berscheid, Regents' Professor of Psychology Emerita, University of Minnesota
Pamela C. Regan, Professor, Department of Psychology, University of California, Los Angeles