Beyond Interpersonal Attraction: Perspectives on Close Relationships

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Originally published in Contemporary Psychology: APA Review of Books, 1978, Vol 23(10), 714–716. Reviews the book, Close Relationships: Perspectives on the Meaning of Intimacy edited by George Levinger and Harold L. Raush (see record 1979-05934-000). The present volume, which represents presentations made at a conference on close relations at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst in 1974, is an early effort to provide a resource book on psychological perspectives on close relationships. As such, it is highly respectable and useful work. The most potent question that can be raised about this book edited by George Levinger and Harold Raush also can be raised about this embryonic field, and that concerns the speculative nature of writing at this point. Levinger sees the collective chapters as pinpointing at least the following additional major components: (1) frequent interaction, (2) between spatially near partners, (3) who share significant common goals, (4) exchange personal disclosures, and (5) care deeply about one another. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved)

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