Intimate relationships: development, dynamics, and deterioration

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Sage Publications, 1987 - Family & Relationships - 320 pages
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Perlman and Duck's book focuses on the development of intimate relationships. It has been organized around the chronology of a relationship, and deals conceptually with new developments such as the acknowledgement of both positive forces and conflict processes; greater attention to stages and processes; and areas of concern to both researchers and practitioners. The contributors provide new statements on work at the forefront of the field and provide fresh suggestions for interventions.

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About the author (1987)

Daniel Perlman is an academic psychologist with broad, applied interests that cut across social, developmental and clinical psychology as focused on the study of close relationships. He is a Professor of Family Studies in the Department of Psychology at the University of British Columbia. He was President of the International Society for the Study of Personal Relationships and the Canadian Psychological Association. He has authored and edited over 50 articles and 15 books and edited works.

Steve Duck taught at two universities in the U.K. before taking up the Daniel and Amy Starch Distinguished Research Professorship in the Communication Studies Department at the University of Iowa in 1986 where he is also an Adjunct Professor of Psychology. 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, and communication theory. 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 (including Rethinking Relationships, forthcoming from SAGE), was the founder of the Journal of Social and Personal Relationships and its editor for its first 15 years. His 1994 book Meaningful Relationships: Talking, Sense and Relating won the G R Miller Book Award from the Interpersonal Division of the National Communication Association. Steve was the co-founder of the series of Interpersonal Conferences on Personal Relationships that began in 1982. He was the winner of the first Outstanding Graduate Mentor, University of Iowa 2001; the Robert J. Kibler Memorial Award National Communication Association (2004) for “dedication to excellence, commitment to the profession, concern for others, vision of what could be, acceptance of diversity, and forthrightness”; and the 2010 Helen Kechriotis Nelson Teaching Award from the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at the University of Iowa, "in special recognition of career-long dedication to, and excellence in, teaching." He wishes he could play the piano.