Visions and Revisions of Close Relationships

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Originally published in Contemporary Psychology: APA Review of Books, 1993, Vol 38(12), 1268–1271. Reviews the books, Intimate Relationships (2nd ed.) by Sharon S. Brehm (see record 1991-98375-000); and Human Relationships (2nd ed.) by Steve Duck (see record 1992-97526-000); and Liking, Loving and Relating (2nd ed.) by Susan S. Hendrick and Clyde Hendrick (1992). Brehm's book does the best job of representing a broad range of disciplines and the whole gamut of intimate patterns–friendship and passion, gay and straight, products and processes–while keeping the focus on close adult relationships. Duck's text provides an engaging introduction-especially for undergraduates from various social science backgrounds–to the importance and dynamics of social and personal relationships. Duck offers an “owner's manual” orientation to relationships (as practical, first-hand experiences) with an interesting, research-based series of essays. Hendrick and Hendrick's book presents a more formal style but is rich in information. The book extends an earlier tradition of studying intimacy within the context of mate selection and marriage. Written to be relevant to students' lives and times, it offers timely updates on newer trends and issues. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved)

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