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Intimate Relationships, 3rd Edition

  • Thomas N. Bradbury
  • Benjamin R. Karney
  • ISBN-10: 0393640256
  • ISBN-13: 9780393640250
  • 0 Pages | Paperback
  • COPYRIGHT: 2019 Published
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About the Product

Current and diverse: a perfect match for today’s student

In the age of texting, sexting, and swiping right, technology has transformed the way couples create and maintain intimacy. To help students think critically about modern intimacy, the Third Edition synthesizes the latest research on couples and embraces the rich diversity of intimacy across couples and cultures.


  • MODERN RESEARCH ON MODERN LOVE Although our need for intimacy is an enduring facet of human nature, our relationships are also constantly evolving to reflect the rapid pace of technological and social change. The Third Edition exposes students to the myriad ways that relationships have been transforming, as well as to the latest research tracking and explaining these shifts.

  • A DIVERSE LOOK AT INTIMACY ACROSS COUPLES AND CULTURES Understanding relationships requires that students recognize how varied the experience of intimacy can be across different age groups, income levels, cultures, and sexualities. In this text, the appreciation of diversity is not merely incidental but rather is used throughout to refine and deepen students’ understanding of core principles of how couples function.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Love and Why It Matters
Chapter 2: Influential Theories
Chapter 3: Research Methods
Chapter 4: Gender (NEW)
Chapter 5: Sexual Orientation (NEW)
Chapter 6: Personality and Personal History
Chapter 7: Romantic Attraction
Chapter 8: Communication
Chapter 9: Sexual Intimacy (NEW)
Chapter 10: Conflict
Chapter 11: Infidelity and Aggression (NEW)
Chapter 12: Interpreting Experience
Chapter 13: Stress and Context
Chapter 14: Relationships Across the Lifespan
Chapter 15: Improving Relationships