Growing Together: Personal Relationships Across the Life Span

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Cambridge University Press, Nov 10, 2003 - Psychology
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Understanding personal relationships throughout the life course is one of the most crucial issues in the behavioral and social sciences. This book brings together perspectives from different disciplines on individual development and personal relationships across the life span. The book addresses two pertinent dimensions of personal relationships: 1) structures of relationship networks (e.g. kin vs. non-kin, peripheral vs. intimate, short-term vs. long-term) and 2) processes (i.e. change or stability) and outcomes of personal relationships across the life span. The book stimulates discussion of personal relationships as resources for and outcomes of individual development throughout the life course. Different qualities of personal relationships serve as catalysts for individual development. At the same time, relationship qualities reflect changes of developing individuals. The book does not give exclusive priority to one phase of the human life span. Rather, each chapter addresses social development across the entire life span from childhood to later adulthood.
 

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Contents

A Perspective on Relationships across the Life Span
1
2 Relationships as Outcomes and Contexts
24
3 ChildParent Relationships
45
4 A Dynamic Ecological Systems Perspective on Emotion Regulation Development within the Sibling Relationship Context
76
5 Romantic and Marital Relationships
103
Toward a Theory of Relationship Types
130
Reciprocity in Individual and Relationship Development
159
Peripheral Relationships across the Life Span
183
Socioemotional Influences
240
11 Social Cognition and Social Relationships
268
12 Dyadic Fits and Transactions in Personality and Relationships
290
13 Relational Competence across the Life Span
317
14 Social Motivation across the Life Span
341
15 A Lifetime of Relationships Mediated by Technology
368
Subject Index
395
Author Index
407

Coping and Adaptation across the Life Span
210

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