The Handbook of Sexuality in Close Relationships

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John H. Harvey, Amy Wenzel, Susan Sprecher
Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, 2004 - Psychology - 686 pages
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Although sexuality is an integral part of close romantic relationships, research linking these two constructs has been less systematic than other areas pertaining to close relationships. To date, researchers in communication, sociology, family studies, psychology, and psychiatry, have made significant advances in both of these fields. The editors' goal is to integrate this research into one volume. They bring together major scholars from the diversity of fields working on close relationship topics to examine past contributions and new directions in sexuality. The emphasis is on theoretical integration and stimulation, methodological rigor, and critical analysis. This volume explores:
*early sexual experiences and their impact on late life sexuality;
*how life's stresses impact sexuality and satisfaction with closeness;
*the affect of postpartum depression on sexuality; and
*the relationship between control, power, anger, as well as revenge and sexual processes in couples. The Handbook of Sexuality in Close Relationships is intended for students and researchers in the disciplines of social, clinical, developmental, and health psychology; family studies; counseling; and interpersonal, family, and health communication. An excellent reference in advanced courses in close relationships taught in psychology, communications, sociology, anthropology, and family studies, the material in Part V will also appeal to clinical psychologists, health professionals, and policymakers.

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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.


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