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Dynamics of Romantic Love Attachment, Caregiving, and Sex

by Edited by Mario Mikulincer and Gail S. Goodman

A theoretically and empirically rich exploration of universal questions, this book examines the interplay of three distinct behavioral systems involved in romantic love.

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A theoretically and empirically rich exploration of universal questions, this book examines the interplay of three distinct behavioral systems involved in romantic love. Leading attachment researchers are joined by proponents of other perspectives, including interdependence theory and self-expansion theory, to review the current state of knowledge in the field. Presented are compelling new studies that address intimacy, jealousy, self-disclosure, sexual behavior, partner violence, and other processes in both satisfying and dysfunctional relationships. Special topics include gender differences in attachment as well as attachment dynamics within same-sex couples.

"A comprehensive edited collection of romantic relationship research, addressing romantic love by examining the complex interplay between attachment, caregiving, and sex....This book demonstrates exceptional knowledge of the subject area and provides one of the most complete and sophisticated reviews of theoretical and empirical literature on the subject. As such, this introduction will be of great interest to graduate students and beginning attachment researchers, as well as more experienced professionals, and provides an excellent conceptual foundation regarding this literature....This book is broad in its coverage and extremely well written and organized. It provides an excellent review of the literature and demonstrates the evolution of adult attachment theory through introducing new applications of attachment theory and groundbreaking research....This book should be of great interest to graduate students, established researchers, and clinicians. It will be well suited as a textbook in a graduate level class with a focus on intimate/romantic relationships."
The Family Psychologist
"This volume provides clear evidence of how far research in adult attachment has progressed in the last 20 years. The authors reveal great depth in theorizing, creativity in the application of methodologies, and a focus on a broader range of variables than ever before. Essential reading for all serious students of adult attachment."
-Pat Noller, PhD, School of Psychology (Emeritus), University of Queensland, Australia

I. Introduction

1. Attachment to Attachment Theory: A Personal Perspective on an Attachment Researcher, Gail S. Goodman

2. Attachment, Caregiving, and Sex within Romantic Relationships: A Behavioral Systems Perspective, Mario Mikulincer

II. Basic Attachment Processes in Couple Relationships

3. What Is Adult Attachment?, Cindy Hazan, Mary Campa, and Nurit Gur-Yaish

4. The Evolution of Attachment in Romantic Relationships, Claudia Chloe Brumbaugh and R. Chris Fraley

5. An Attachment Perspective on Abusive Dynamics in Intimate Relationships, Kim Bartholomew and Colleen J. Allison

6. Sex Differences in Jealousy: A Matter of Evolution or Attachment History?, Kenneth N. Levy, Kristen M. Kelly, and Ejay L. Jack

III. Interplay between the Caregiving and Attachment Systems

7. Responding to Need in Intimate Relationships: Normative Processes and Individual Differences, Nancy L. Collins, AnaMarie C. Guichard, Máire B. Ford, and Brooke C. Feeney

8. Attachment, Mental Representations of Others, and Gratitude and Forgiveness in Romantic Relationships, Mario Mikulincer, Phillip R. Shaver, and Keren Slav

9. Daily Perceptions of Conflict and Support in Romantic Relationships: The Ups and Downs of Anxiously Attached Individuals, Jeffry A. Simpson, Lorne Campbell, and Yanna J. Weisberg

IV. Attachment, Sex, and Love

10. Attachment Styles, Sex Motives, and Sexual Behavior: Evidence for Gender-Specific Expressions of Attachment Dynamics, M. Lynne Cooper, Mark Pioli, Ash Levitt, Amelia E. Talley, Lada Micheas, and Nancy L. Collins

11. How Do I Love Thee?: Implications of Attachment Theory for Understanding Same-Sex Love and Desire, Lisa M. Diamond

12. Attachment-Related Pathways to Sexual Coercion, Deborah Davis

13. How Do Sexuality and Attachment Interrelate?: Goals, Motives, and Strategies, Omri Gillath and Dory A. Schachner

V. Interfaces between Attachment Theory and Other Perspectives on Romantic Love

14. Romantic Relationships from the Perspectives of the Self-Expansion Model and Attachment Theory: Partially Overlapping Circles, Arthur Aron and Elaine N. Aron

15. Implications of Attachment Theory for Research on Intimacy, Harry T. Reis

16. Seasons of the Heart, Ellen Berscheid

17. Dynamics of Romantic Love: Comments, Questions, and Future Directions, Phillip R. Shaver

466 Pages, Size: 6 1/8" x 9 1/4"

Mario Mikulincer, PhD, obtained his doctorate in psychology from Bar-Ilan University, Ramat Gan, Israel, in 1985, and has been Professor of Psychology there since 1992. He has published more than 220 articles and book chapters and one book, Human Learned Helplessness: A Coping Perspective (1994). Dr. Mikulincer.s research interests include attachment styles in adulthood, terror management theory, personality processes in interpersonal relationships, evolutionary psychology, and trauma and posttraumatic processes. He currently serves on the editorial boards of several journals and as associate editor of Personal Relationships and the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology. In 2004 he received the EMET Prize in Social Science, sponsored by the A. M. N. Foundation for the Advancement of Science, Art, and Culture in Israel, and awarded by Prime Minister Ariel Sharon.

Gail S. Goodman, PhD, obtained her doctorate in developmental psychology from the University of California, Los Angeles, in 1977, and conducted postdoctoral research at the University of Denver and the Universit Ren Descartes in Paris, France. She is Professor of Psychology and Director of the Center for Public Policy Research at the University of California, Davis, and Professor of Forensic Psychology at the University of Oslo, Norway. Her research focuses on memory development, including attachment and memory, and forensic developmental psychology. Dr. Goodman has served as president of two divisions (Division 37, Child, Youth, and Family Services; and Division 41, Psychology and Law) and one section (Child Maltreatment, in Division 37) of the American Psychological Association. She has received many awards for her research, including two Distinguished Contributions awards in 2005 from the American Psychological Association.

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