By Anita L. Vangelisti, Daniel Perlman

With the sphere of private relationships having grown dramatically some time past area century, this quantity serves as a benchmark of the present country of scholarship, synthesizing the extant theoretical and empirical literature, tracing its old roots, and making thoughts for destiny instructions. The authors are foreign specialists from quite a few disciplines together with a number of subfields of psychology, conversation, kinfolk stories and sociology who've made significant contributions to the knowledge of relationships.

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We saw in these techniques a trend to move out of the laboratory in an increased effort to understand people’s everyday lives. , LISREL); Kenny’s social relations model for determining how much the person, his or her partner, and the interaction between them contribute to their interactions (Kenny & La Voie, 1984); and procedures for dealing with the problem of the nonindependence of data collected from relationship partners (Gonzalez & Griffin, 1997), and, as we entered the 21st century, hierarchical linear modeling (Kashy, Campbell, & Harris, this volume).

This volume). 3 , supplemented by our judgments, the range of topics seems broader than in the 1970s. A few prominent topics of the 1970s continue to be of interest: love (Hatfield, Rubin, S. Hendrick and C. Hendrick, Shaver, Kelley, Aron), physical attractiveness (Berscheid, Hatfield, Reis, Sprecher), relationship development (Bradbury, Levinger, Huston, Surra, Murstein), and self-disclosure (Altman). Other topics include marital interaction and satisfaction (Gottman, Noller, Fincham, Bradbury); communication (Baxter, Duck, Gottman, Noller), commitment (Rusbult, the seven seas of the study of personal relationships Kelley, Surra), trust (Holmes), conflict and dissatisfaction (Canary, Johnson, Milardo, Rusbult, Kelley), breakdown, dissolution, and loss of relationships (Duck, Rusbult, Levinger, Baxter, Harvey, Peplau, Rubin), the dark side of relationships (Cupach), communal versus exchange relationships (Clark), sex differences and sexual orientation in relationships (Peplau, Kurdek, Wood, Canary, Dindia), sexuality (Sprecher, C.

Where Next for the Study of Personal Relationship? In the late 1970s and the early 1980s, we had a clear sense of the field changing course. In an important way, we believe a paradigm shift away from the type of research we illustrated with Byrne’s study has occurred. At present, we see the area as being more diversified methodologically. Because of that, we do not anticipate sweeping changes in the foreseeable future. Instead, we suspect a gradual evolution is more likely to occur over the next few years.

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