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By John H. Harvey, Amy Wenzel

With contributions from the major specialists on relationships, this e-book covers very important concerns, equivalent to love as self-expansion, fairness in protecting shut relationships, dedication, social aid, self-verification, and minding the connection. the outcome is a accomplished account of the explanations why shut relationships are or aren't maintained and the style during which those rules will be utilized to present social concerns and medical interventions.

Divided into sections, half I describes types constructed to represent how relationships are maintained over the years, debts of particular mechanisms at paintings in shut relationships, and conceptualizations of the upkeep and enhancement of shut relationships utilizing current theoretical paradigms. half II addresses modern social matters, in addition to medical functions.

Close Romantic Relationships will attract scholars, researchers, and execs because of its wide sampling of conception and study on courting upkeep and enhancement.

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Beach, and Sammy F. Banawan 16 Integrative Behavioral Couple Therapy 321 Janice Jones, Brian D. Doss, and Andrew Christensen 17 How Well Do You Mind Your Relationship? A Preliminary Scale to Test the Minding Theory of Relating 345 Julia Omarzu, Joanne Whalen, and John H. Harvey 18 Maintaining and Enhancing Relationships: Concluding Commentary 357 Daniel Perlman Author Index 379 Subject Index 381 Page viii This page intentionlly left blank Page 1 Introduction: The Movement Toward Studying the Maintenance and Enhancement of Close Romantic Relationships Amy Wenzel University of Wisconsin Medical School John Harvey University of Iowa One of the most daunting issues confronting researchers and practitioners in the area of close relationships concerns the dynamics of how people both maintain and enhance their close romantic relationships (including, but not limited to, marriage) over time.

They argue that multicultural relationships can be maintained by the following factors: (a) appreciation of their different personalities, (b) establishment of a unique relationship culture, and (c) potential for personal growth through their intimate relationship with a member of another culture. They link the experience of multicultural relationships to self-expansion theory because these types of relationships allow for personal growth perhaps to a greater extent than relationships in which both members are of the same culture.

We do not consider such relationships to be strong mutual communal relationships. They have become (or perhaps always were) something qualitatively different. Adherence to the exchange rule may keep a relationship together in some cases, but the processes involved are qualitatively distinct from those involved in maintaining and enhancing a communal relationship. Moreover, although adhering to the exchange rule may keep a relationship together, it is unlikely that that will promote the happiness and security of members of the relationship.

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