A Mixed Brood of Ducklings

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Abstract

Originally published in Contemporary Psychology: APA Review of Books, 1979, Vol 24(2), 114–115. Reviews the book, Theory and Practice in Interpersonal Attraction edited by Steve Duck (1977). This book provides a window to the libraries and laboratories of some social psychologists interested in understanding the origins and nature of attraction, including its expression in friendship, courtship, and marriage. The book begins with an overview by Duck in which the domain of attraction research is introduced and dilemmas of researching it are discussed. Next comes a section of six chapters designed to give the reader a feel for existing theories of attraction. The second three chapters in this section move beyond initial attraction to the analysis of attraction as it is maintained in ongoing relationships. The concluding section of the book contains a chapter by Duck, and three others by his British colleagues. These chapters all deal with the processes of relationship formation. Duck has given birth to a mixed brood of ducklings. Some of the chapters are too similarly imprinted and others need further incubation, while several seem likely to prove hardy survivors. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved)

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