Close Relationships

Key Readings

Edited by Harry T. Reis, Caryl E. Rusbult

© 2004 – Psychology Press

532 pages | 30 B/W Illus.

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About the Book

Each of the chapters in this reader is written by leading scholars in the area of relationships, reflecting the diversity of the field and including both contemporary and key historical papers for comprehensive coverage of research.

Table of Contents

Part 1: Relationships in Our Lives. E. Berscheid, The Greening of Relationship Science. N.L. Collins, C. Dunkel-Schetter, M. Lobel, S.C.M. Scrimshaw, Social Support in Pregnancy: Psychosocial Correlates of Birth Outcomes and Postpartum Depression. H.T. Reis, Yi-Cheng Lin, M.E. Bennett, J.B. Nezlek, Change and Consistency in Social Participation during Early Adulthood. Part 2: First Impressions and Interpersonal Attraction. D. Byrne, C.R. Ervin, J. Lamberth, Continuity between the Experimental Study of Attraction and Real-life Computer Dating. R.L. Moreland, S.R. Beach, Exposure Effects in the Classroom: The Development of Affinity among Students. M. Snyder, E.D. Tanke, E. Berscheid, Social Perception and Interpersonal Behavior: On the Self-fulfilling Nature of Social Stereotypes. Part 3: Evolution, Experience and Later Relationships. D.T. Kenrick, M.R. Trost, Evolutionary Approaches to Relationships. D.M. Buss, Sex Differences in Human Mate Preferences: Evolutionary Hypotheses Tested in Thirty-seven Cultures. C. Hazan, P.R. Shaver, Attachment as an Organizational Framework for Research on Close Relationships. M. Mikulincer, Attachment Working Models and the Sense of Trust: An Exploration of Interaction Goals and Affect Regulation. Part 4: Developing Relationships. J.P. Laurenceau, L.F. Barrett, P.R. Pietromonaco, Intimacy as an Interpersonal Process: The Importance of Self-disclosure, Partner Disclosure, and Perceived Partner Responsiveness in Interpersonal Exchanges. R.J. Sternberg, A Triangular Theory of Love. R. Levine, S. Sato, T. Hashimoto, J. Verma, Love and Marriage in Eleven Cultures. Part 5: Interdependence in Ongoing Relationships. M.S. Clark, J. Mills, Interpersonal Attraction in Exchange and Communal Relationships. B.R. Schlenker, T.W. Britt, Beneficial Impression Management: Strategically Controlling Information to Help Friends. D.M. Wegner, R. Erber, P. Raymond, Transactive Memory in Close Relationships. Part 6: Maintaining Relationships. C.E. Rusbult, N. Olsen, J.L. Davis, P.A. Hannon, Close Romantic Relationships: Maintenance and Enhancement. J.A. Simpson, S.W. Gangestad, M. Lerma, Perception of Physical Attractiveness: Mechanisms Involved in the Maintenance of Romantic Relationships. S.L. Murray, J.G. Holmes, D.W. Griffin, The Benefits of Positive Illusions: Idealization and the Construction of Satisfaction in Close Relationships. Part 7: Cognition and Emotion in Ongoing Relationships. W. Ickes, J.A. Simpson, Managing Empathic Accuracy in Close Relationships. A. Aron, E.N. Aron, M. Tudor, G. Nelson, Close Relationships as Including Other in the Self. S.M. Andersen, I. Reznik, L.M. Manzella, Eliciting Facial Affect, Motivation, and Expectancies in Transference: Significant-other Representations in Social Relations. S. Gabriel, W.L. Gardner, Are There 'His' and 'Hers' Types of Interdependence? The Implications of Gender Differences in Collective versus Relational Interdependence for Affect, Behavior, and Cognition. Part 8: Deteriorating Relationships. F.D. Fincham, Attribution Processes in Distressed and Nondistressed Couples: Responsibility for Marital Problems. G. Downey, A.L. Freitas, B. Michaelis, H. Khouri, The Self-fulfilling Prophecy in Close Relationships: Rejection Sensitivity and Rejection by Romantic Partners. L.L. Cartensen, J.M. Gottman, R.W. Levenson, Emotional Behavior in Long-term Marriage. M.P. Johnson, Patriarchal Terrorism and Common Couple Violence: Two Forms of Violence against Women.

About the Editors

Harry T. Reis is a professor of psychology at University of Rochester. His research interests include influences on social interaction, patterns of socializing for health and psychological well-being, and psychological processes that affect the course and conduct of close relationships, intimacy, attachment and emotion regulation. He is the President of the International Society for the Study of Personal Relationships.

Caryl Rusbult is a distinguished professor of psychology at University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, where she is also the Director of the Social Psychology Program. Her research interests include motivation and behavior in close relationships and commitment processes. Awards include the New Contribution Award from ISSPR and the Reuben Hill Award from the National Council on Family Relations.

About the Series

Key Readings in Social Psychology

Given the need to be selective and to provide a coherent perspective on each theme within a single book, the editors have generally tackled a difficult brief extremely well. The breadth and depth make a volume suitable for use in many final-year and masters-degree courses in social psychology. It also provides an ideal introduction to top-level original research articles that should motivate students to pursue the current literature in a more targeted way. […] This is an excellent series that will provide an invaluable compendium of the themes that have dominated the 20th Century.” - Diane Houston, University of Kent, in the Times Higher Education Supplement

The aim of the series is to make available to senior undergraduate and graduate students key articles in each area of social psychology in an attractive, user-friendly format.

Many professors want to encourage their students to engage directly with research in their fields, yet this can often be daunting for students coming to detailed study of a topic for the first time.

Moreover, declining library budgets mean that articles are not always readily available, and course packs can be expensive and time-consuming to produce.

Key Readings in Social Psychology aims to address this need by providing comprehensive volumes, each one of which is edited by a senior and active researcher in the field.

Articles are carefully chosen to illustrate the way the field has developed historically as well as current issues and research directions.

Each volume has a similar structure that includes:

  • An overview chapter, as well as introduction to sections and articles;
  • Questions for class discussion;
  • Annotated bibliographies;
  • Full author and subject indices;
  • The article How to Read a Journal Article in Social Psychology, especially prepared for this series by Christian H. Jordan and Mark P. Zanna

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
PSYCHOLOGY / Social Psychology