Support Processes in Intimate Relationships

Support Processes in Intimate Relationships

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In the past twenty years or so, research on support processes in relationships has emerged as a distinct development in the field. Researchers have drawn from studies in the fields of communication, social support, and intimate relationships to conduct research examining support processes in relationships on micro and macro levels. Theoretical models of support processes in intimate relationships have been developed and increasingly sophisticated methodologies and data analytic techniques are being used to accumulate considerable and convincing evidence of the importance and complexity of support processes in intimate relationships. This edited book offers a broad yet coherent view of the field, showcasing novel, state-of-the-art research and theory on support processes in intimate relationships. Cutting-edge scholarly work is compiled in one accessible volume, which is designed to provoke and guide new research on social support. The book is divided into five sections designed to reflect emerging themes in the literature on support processes and intimate relationships.
"Getting What One Wants: Perceived Support in Intimate Relationships" highlights the importance of offering support that is consistent with the needs of the recipient. "Providing What Partners Need: Interpersonal Aspects of Support" focuses on the importance of empathic understanding, validation of support seekers' needs, attachment styles, and the emotional context for effective support provision. "Complexities of Support Processes in Individual and Couple Well Being" highlights the complex nature of support, presenting research on the effects of partner support on coping with stress, differential responses to daily support, and the importance of providing support for positive events. "Support in the Context of Health-related Problems and Behaviors" is comprised of chapters describing the effects of support on health, illness, and injury. Finally, "Culture and Gender" presents research that explores the role of gender and culture in support processes in couples.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 416 pages
  • 154.94 x 236.22 x 35.56mm | 725.74g
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • New
  • several line drawings
  • 0195380177
  • 9780195380170

About Kieran Sullivan

Kieran Sullivan received her PhD from UCLA in 1997 and is an Associate Professor of Psychology at Santa Clara University. She has published in the areas of prevention for relationship distress and violence, social support in marriage, couple therapy, and religiosity and marriage. Her current research focuses on support, control and health behavior in intimate relationships and on the longitudinal effects of support in newlwed marriage. Dr. Sullivan is a licensed
clinial psychologist.
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Joanne Davila received her PhD from UCLA in 1993 and is an

Associate Professor of Psychology at Stony Brook University

She has published widely in the areas of adolescent and

adult psychopathology and interpersonal functioning,

particularly romantic relationships. She is the Director of

the Relationship Development Center at Stony Brook

University, where her current research focuses on how

depression and anxiety can impair romantic functioning,

particularly in adolescence, and on how attachment security

develops and changes over time and relationships. Dr. Davil

has served on the editorial boards of numerous psychology

journals and as an Associate Editor at the Journal of

Consulting and Clinical Psychology. She is a licensed

clinical psychologist.
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