The Psychology of Intimacy

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Guilford Press, 1995 - Psychology - 367 pages
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Social scientists and laypersons agree that intimacy promotes human well-being, and that its absence has deleterious effects. Until now, however, no one volume has integrated the vast body of interdisciplinary literatures on intimacy into a comprehensive study of the phenomenon. The Psychology of Intimacy, by Karen J. Prager, fills this crucial gap with an exhaustive synthesis of theoretical, empirical, and clinical research on personal relationships. This engaging work explores the complex interconnections between intimacy and individual development, and examines relationships from infancy to old age in their social, cultural, and gender contexts. Through its construction of an innovative, multitiered model of intimate relating. The Psychology of Intimacy offers unique insights to anyone who studies or treats close relationships.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
What Is Intimacy?
11
Individual Development and Intimacy
71
Intimacy in Infancy and the Preschool Years
79
Intimacy in Early and Middle Childhood
97
Intimacy in Adolescence and
114
Intimacy in Middle and Late Adulthood
144
CHAPTERS Intimate Interactions
171
Intimacy in Relationships
217
Need Fulfillment in Intimate Relationships
257
Reflections on Intimacy
283
Notes
295
Index
361
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Karen J. Prager, PhD, is currently Professor of Psychology and Program Head for Gender Studies at the University of Texas at Dallas.

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