Handbook of Relationship Initiation

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Susan Sprecher, Amy Wenzel, John Harvey
Taylor & Francis, Jun 11, 2008 - Family & Relationships - 600 pages
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The Handbook of Relationship Initiation is the first volume to focus specifically on the very beginning stage of relationships – their origin. In this Handbook, leading scholars on relationships review the literature on various processes related to the initiation of relationships: how people meet, communicate for the first time, and begin to define themselves as being in a relationship. Topics include attraction, mate selection, influence of social networks on relationship initiation, initiation over the internet, hook-ups among young adults, and flirting and opening gambits. In addition, the dark side of relationship initiation is considered, including unwanted relationship pursuit and barriers to relationship initiation including social anxiety.

This volume provides an overdue synthesis of the literature on this topic. It is especially timely in view of the growing prevalence on relationship initiation online, through matchmaking and other social networking sites, which has increased awareness that science can be used to understand, create, and facilitate compatible matching.

This Handbook provides an essential resource for an interdisciplinary range of researchers and students who study relationships, including social psychologists, communication scientists and scholars of marriage and the family.

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Dr. John H. Harvey is Professor of Psychology at the University of Iowa. He has written and/or edited several books in the field including "Odyssey of the Heart, 2/e (LEA). A Fellow of Division 8 of the American Psychological Association, he was the recipient of the Distinguished Career Award and the New Contribution Award from the International Society for the Study of Personal Relationships in 2000.
Dr. Amy Wenzel is an Assistant Professor of Psychology at the University of North Dakota. She is a clinical psychologist who specializes in interpersonal and cognitive approaches to the study of psychopathology, particularly anxiety disorders. Drs. Wenzel and Harvey are the co-editors of two other LEA books, Close Romantic Relationships and The Clinician's Guide to Maintaining and Enhancing Close Relationships.
Dr. Susan Sprecher is a Professor of Sociology at Illinois State University. She is a social psychologist who specializes in the study of personal relationships and sexuality. She has published over 100 articles and chapters on these and other topics. Dr. Sprecher is an active member of the International Association for Relationship Research (IARR), and currently serves as the editor of the Association's journal, "Personal Relationships.

He is director of psychology at Allied Services Rehabilitation Hospital. He live & works in Scranton, Pennsylvania. ,P.

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