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Sage Publications, 1993 - Family & Relationships - 184 pages
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Culling the vast literature on sexuality, this comprehensive volume offers a timely, readable, and multidisciplinary portrait of sexuality in close relationships. Sprecher and McKinney take an extensive look at current theory and research in sexually-based primary relationships, paying close attention to sexual attitudes, sexual behaviors, sexual satisfaction, and sexual coercion. They discuss sexual patterns in several types of sexual relationships--dating, cohabitating, marital, and homosexual--and show how sexual aspects of these relationships are related to other characteristics, like love and communication. The authors also explore sexual standards, predictors of sexual attraction, sexual scripts, the initiation of sex, negotiating safe-sex behaviors, and which types of couples are most sexually satisfied--and why. "This volume is a rich source of information about ways that sexuality is interrelated to relationship phenomenon. It provides a valuable historical perspective on selected issues by reviewing older, significant pieces of research. At the same time, recent and important studies on current topics, are included; thus, the book is solidly based on research findings. In addition, a number of important methodological issues are presented in a clear understandable manner throughout the chapters. This makes the book ideal for instructors who want to emphasize to students that how research is conducted is an important influence on what we know about sexuality. Moreover, the tone and the high quality of the writing make it ideal for use in upper division undergraduate courses and graduate seminars, or for scholars who want to familiarize themselves with this area of investigation. Finally, the authors are to be complimented on their inclusion of different types of relationships." --Journal 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.

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