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.
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