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The Science of the Couple

The Ontario Symposium Volume 12, 1st Edition

Edited by Lorne Campbell, Jennifer La Guardia, James M. Olson, Mark P. Zanna

Psychology Press

287 pages | 15 B/W Illus.

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Although love and relationships have been focal points for poets and philosophers for thousands of years, these topics had not traditionally been the focus of empirical research. As a result, very little was known about how couples maintained happiness and satisfaction in their relationships, or how relationships deteriorated, ultimately ending in separation or divorce. However, since the early 1980s, relationships research has blossomed as a field – and is now one of the most vibrant topics in social psychology and beyond.

This volume brings together the latest research on couple functioning from the perspectives of social and personality psychology, neurobiology, health, and clinical psychology. Additionally, the research presented highlights the use of survey, experimental, implicit, and longitudinal methods, as well as specialized techniques employed in neuroscience, psychophysiology, and psychoneuroimmunology in the study of couple level processes. The underlying aim of this volume is to examine how these theories and methods converge to provide a deeper, holistic model of couples’ processes and functioning.

With its state-of-the-art, integrative overview of this exciting discipline, The Science of the Couple is essential reading for social psychologists, clinicians, and anyone with an interest in the dynamics of interpersonal relationships.


"An extremely interesting collection of studies that together reflect a biopsychosocial conceptualization" - Richard Niolon, The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, USA, in PsycCRITIQUES

Table of Contents

Preface. L. Campbell, H. Rubin, Modelling Dyadic Processes. P.R. Shaver, M. Mikulincer, Attachment Anxiety and Motivational Patterns in Close Relationships. G.M. Fitzsimons, E.J. Finkel, Outsourcing Effort to Close Others. S.L. Gable, Approaching Rewards and Avoiding Threats in Close Relationships. L. Beckes, J.A. Coan, Social Baseline Theory and the Social Regulation of Emotion. S. Tran, J.A. Simpson, Attachment, Commitment, and Relationship Maintenance: When Partners Really Matter. J.E. Lydo, L. Linardatos, Identification: The Why of Relationship Commitment. S.L. Murray, R.T. Pinkus, Motivating Commitment: The Power of a Smart Relationship Unconscious. T.J. Loving, B.L. Wright, Eustress in Romantic Relationships. J. La Guardia, Matters of the Heart: Couples' Adjustment to Life Following a Health Crisis. D.A. Sbarra, Marital Dissolution and Physical Health Outcomes: A Review of Mechanisms. J.H. Holmes, The Future of Relationship Science.

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Ontario Symposia on Personality and Social Psychology Series

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PSYCHOLOGY / Social Psychology