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Satisfaction in Close Relationships

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Part I Models of love and satisfaction in close relationships: marital satisfaction in evolutionary psychological perspective, Shackelford, Buss; attachment and relationship satisfaction across the lifespan, Koski, Shaver; love and satisfaction, Hendrick; a hierachical model of love and its prediction of satisfaction in close relationships, Barnes, Sternberg; philosophy as a model of relationship satisfaction, Hojjat. Part II Satisfaction over the course of close relationships: a temporal view of relationship satisfaction and stability, Berscheid, Lopes; marital satisfaction and spousal interaction, Feeney, Noller, Ward; "rethinking" satisfaction in personal relationships from a dialectical perspective. Erbert, Duck. Part III Conflict and satisfaction in close relationships: angry at your partner? Think again, Christensen, Walczynski; marital quality - a new theoretical perspective, Fincham, Beach, Kemp-Fincham. Part IV Psychotherapy and satisfaction in close relationships: acceptance in couple therapy and its implications for the treatment of depression, Cordova, Jacobson; the the erosion of satisfaction over time and how to prevent it, Cordova, Markman, Laurenceau; a schema-focused perspective on satisfaction in close relationships, Young, Gluhoski.

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Robert J. Sternberg, PhD, is IBM Professor of Psychology and Education in the Department of Psychology at Yale University. He is the author of two forthcoming books on love. Mahzad Hojjat, PhD, is Associate Professor of Psychology at University of Massachusetts Dartmouth.


"This timely collection brings an exciting and fresh outlook to the longstanding question of why some close relationships are more satisfying than other relationships, and what can be done about dissatisfaction. These informative chapters by many of the field's foremost scholars provide, under a single cover, diverse and unique syntheses from a variety of disciplines. Combining state-of-the-art research with thought-provoking analysis, this volume is likely to become an indispensable reference for researchers and practitioners alike." --Harry Reis, PhD, Professor of Psychology, University of Rochester "I found this series of chapters by top relationship researchers and theorists to be enormously stimulating, full of new ideas and perspectives. It is also a compendium of some of the best thinking in the field and as such it shapes the field into the twenty-first century. No one seriously working in this area can ignore this book." --Art Aron, PhD, SUNY at Stony Brook

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