About the Author
Chapter 1 • An Introduction to Relationship Science
Why Study Intimate Relationships?
What Are Different Kinds of Intimate Relationships?
How Is This Book Organized?
Chapter 2 • Research Methods and Analysis
What Research Methods Are Used to Study Relationships?
How Are Results Analyzed?
Chapter 3 • Attachment Theory
What Is Attachment Theory, and How Was It Formed?
How Is Attachment Theory Measured and Applied to Adult Relationships?
What Are Important Questions For and About Attachment Theory?
Chapter 4 • The Evolutionary Perspective
How Is an Evolutionary Perspective Applied to Intimate Relationships?
How Does This Perspective Explain Sex Differences in Promiscuity and Jealousy?
How Can This Perspective Be Applied to Other Important Relationship Behaviors?
Chapter 5 • Interdependence Theory
What Are the Main Ideas Within Interdependence Theory?
What Factors Predict Relationship Commitment and Stability?
What Advances to the Theory Have Been Made?
Chapter 6 • Relationships Across Our Lifetime
How Do Our Earliest Relationships Form?
How Do We Choose Singlehood Versus Commitment in Young Adulthood?
How Do Relationships Change Later in Life?
Chapter 7 • Friendship
What Predicts How and When Friendships Will Form?
How Are Friendships Maintained?
How Do Friendships Change Over Our Lifetime?
Chapter 8 • Attraction
What Physical Factors Predict Attraction?
What Psychological Factors Predict Attraction?
What Environmental Factors Predict Attraction?
Chapter 9 • Sexuality
What Is the Sexual Spectrum?
How Do People Vary in Their Sexual Desires?
How Does Culture Influence Sexual Thoughts and Behaviors?
Chapter 10 • Social Cognition
How Are Impressions Formed and Maintained?
How Are We Biased Toward Our Current Partner?
How Do Our Worldviews Affect Our Relationships?
Chapter 11 • Communication and Conflict
How Can Communication Build Intimacy in Relationships?
How Has Technology Affected Communication in Relationships?
How Do Couples Engage in Conflict Management?
Chapter 12 • Sexual Assault and Relationship Violence
What Does Research Say About Sexual Assault and Rape?
What Does Relationship Violence Look Like?
How Do Survivors Escape and Heal?
Chapter 13 • Ending or Enduring Love
How Do Couple Members Cope With Relationship Problems?
What Can Couple Members Do to Maintain a Healthy Relationship Over Time?