Learning about relationships

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Steve Duck
Sage, Jun 3, 1993 - Family & Relationships - 252 pages
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with Kim Bartholomew, Valerie Binney, Louise Bowers, Phillip R. Costanzo, Helen Cowie, Tovah P. Klein, Gary W. Ladd, Karen D. Le Sieur, Judi Beinstein Miller, Rosemary S. L. Mills, Jacqueline Mize, Gregory S. Pettit, Susan M. Profilet, Martha Putallaz, Kenneth H. Rubin & Peter K. Smith How do early experiences influence a person's approach to relationships later in life? What types of experiences have a lasting effect on the way in which a person conducts relationships? Focusing on the behavioral aspects of relationships, Learning About Relationships considers the lasting effects of early-life experiences on later-life relationships. Among the diverse topics explored in this illustrative volume are how parent-child relationships affect a child's feelings of self-worth and the subsequent influences on later relationships, the development of attachment styles in infancy that carry over to adult relationships, how early mother-child experiences affect one's later rearing of children, and how the ideas parents have about relationships affect their relationships with their children. This volume also offers an intriguing analysis of family effects on peer relationships. The final chapter deals with the bullying and victimization that often occurs in school playgrounds and asks the question: Why do some children become bullies and victims? An insightful analysis of the behavioral aspects of relationships, Learning About Relationships presents a compelling catalog of specific ways in which a child's social-relational learning is molded through childhood. As such, it is required reading for professionals and students interested in personal relationships, social psychology, communication studies, family studies, sociology, and gender studies. "The most striking feature of this book relates to its clarity of theme and its integrative structure. The strong, attachment-related theoretical thread that runs through most of the contributions lends a conceptual coherence often lacking in edited volumes. . . . as this book makes clear, the area of children's relational learning is undergoing some exciting developments. Learning About Relationships makes a valuable and stimulating contribution to the field, and whets the appetite for Volume 3 in this important series." --Journal of Marriage and the Family

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Learning From Early Relationship Experience
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Steve Duck taught at two universities in the United Kingdom before taking up the Daniel and Amy Starch Distinguished Research Chair in the Department of Communication Studies at the University of Iowa in 1986, where he is also an adjunct professor of psychology. He was recently promoted to Collegiate Administrative Fellow and works with the deans’ caucus in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, and as an extension of this position for 2010–2011 he has been appointed interim chair of the Rhetoric Department. He has taught several interpersonal communication courses, mostly on interpersonal communication and relationships but also on nonverbal communication, communication in everyday life, construction of identity, communication theory, organizational leadership, and procedures and practices for leaders. Always, by training, an interdisciplinary thinker, Steve has focused on the development and decline of relationships from many different perspectives, although he has also done research on the dynamics of television production techniques and persuasive messages in health contexts. Steve has written or edited 50 books on relationships and other matters and was the founder and, for the first 15 years, the editor of the Journal of Social and Personal Relationships. His 1994 book Meaningful Relationships: Talking, Sense, and Relating won the G. R. Miller Book Award from the Interpersonal Communication Division of the National Communication Association. Steve cofounded a series of international conferences on personal relationships that began in 1982. He won the University of Iowa’s first Outstanding Faculty Mentor Award in 2001 and the National Communication Association’s Robert J. Kibler Memorial Award in 2004 for “dedication to excellence, commitment to the profession, concern for others, vision of what could be, acceptance of diversity, and forthrightness.” He was the 2010 recipient of the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Helen Kechriotis Nelson Teaching Award for a lifetime of excellence in teaching. He was elected in 2010 as one of the National Communication Association’s elite Distinguished Scholars. He hopes to someday appear on The X Factor and be famous.

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