Handbook of Interpersonal Commitment and Relationship Stability

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Jeffrey M. Adams, Warren H. Jones
Springer Science & Business Media, Sep 30, 1999 - Psychology - 532 pages
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A fundamental assumption underlying the formation of our most important relationships is that they will persist indefinitely into the future. As an acquaintanceship turns into a friend ship, for example, both members of this newly formed interpersonal bond are likely to expect that their interactions will become increasingly frequent, diverse, and intimate over time. This expectation is perhaps most apparent in romantically involved couples who, through a variety of verbal and symbolic means, make explicit pledges to a long-lasting relationship. In either case, it is clear that these relationships represent something valuable to the individuals in volved and are pursued with great enthusiasm. Virtually all close relationships are formed within the context of mutually rewarding in teractions and/or strong physical attraction between partners. Friends and romantically in volved couples alike are drawn to one another because of similarity of attitudes, interests, and personality and, quite simply, because they enjoy one another's company. This enjoyment, cou pled with the novelty that characterizes new relationships, almost makes the continuation of the relationship a foregone conclusion. As relationships progress, however, their novelty fades, conflicts may arise between partners, negative life events may occur, and the satisfaction that previously characterized the relationships may diminish.
 

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Contents

Interpersonal Commitment in Historical Perspective
3
Duty toward Whom? Reconsidering Attractions and Barriers as Determinants of Commitment in a Relationship
37
Conceiving Couple Commitment Choice Promise and Fulfillment
53
Personal Moral and Structural Commitment to Relationships Experiences of Choice and Constraint
73
Interpersonal Experience in Infancy as a Foundation for the Capacity in Adults for Stable Relationships
91
Attachment Processes and Commitment to Romantic Relationships
109
The Development of Commitment to Marriage A Phenomenological Approach
125
Commitment in the Early Years of Marriage
149
Examples of Commitment in Postdivorce Relationships between ExSpouses
293
Levels and Styles of Commitment in Marriage The Case of Asian Indian Immigrants
307
Commitment and Sexual Behaviors in Adolescent Dating Relationships
323
The Constraints of Innovation Commitment and Stability among SameSex Couples
339
Perceived Partner Commitment and Attachment Style Clinical Implications of a Cognitive Perspective
363
Using What We Know Commitment and Cognitions in Marital Therapy
379
Dominant Discourse in Heterosexual Relationships Inhibitors or Facilitators of Interpersonal Commitment and Relationship Stability?
393
Communication Processes in Marital Commitment An Integrative Approach
407

The Dynamics of Interpersonal Commitment and the Issue of Salience
165
Marital Commitment and Family Life Transitions A Social Exchange Perspective on the Construction and Deconstruction of Intimate Relationships
181
Commitment and Adversity A Reciprocal Relation
193
The Relationship of Exchange and Commitment
205
What Attachment Styles and Love Styles Add to the Understanding of Relationship Commitment and Stability
221
Interpersonal Commitments The Interplay of Social Networks and Individual Identities
239
Stability and Commitment in Friendships
259
The Bereavement Experience Continuing Commitment after the Loss of a Loved One
281
Commitment and Trust in Close Relationships An Interdependence Analysis
427
Buffering the Effects of Betrayal The Role of Apology Forgiveness and Commitment
451
Jealousy and Problems of Commitment
471
Deconstructing Stability The Distinction between the Course of a Close Relationship and Its Endpoint
481
Future Directions for Commitment Research
503
Index
521
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