This multidisciplinary text highlights the development of romantic relationships, from initiation to commitment or demise, by highlighting the historical context, current research and theory, and diversity of patterns. Engagingly written with colorful examples, the authors examine the joy, stress, power-struggles, intimacy, and aggression that characterize these relationships. Readers gain a better understanding as to why, even after the pain and suffering associated with a breakup, most of us go right back out and start again. Relationships are examined through an interdisciplinary lens –psychological, sociological, environmental and communicative perspectives are all considered. End of chapter summaries, lists of key concepts, and additional readings serve as a review. As a whole the book explores what precipitates success or failure of these relationships and how this has changed over time.
Purchase this book written by Brain G. Ogolsky (alumni, former student) and Rodney M. Cate (former director) at http://www.amazon.com/The-Developmental-Course-Romantic-Relationships/dp/1848729308/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1368643522&sr=8-2&keywords=ogolsky