Love and Courtship: What's Been Done—And What Hasn't

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Originally published in Contemporary Psychology: APA Review of Books, 1994, Vol 39(2), 160–161. Reviews the books, Courtship by Rodney M. Cate and Sally A. Lloyd (1992) and Romantic Love by Susan S. Hendrick and Clyde Hendrick (1992). Each of these books is authored by a pair of researchers who are major players in the ongoing research enterprise in its topic area. In addition, both books are part of a new Sage series on close relationships, which aims “to acquaint diverse readers with the most up-to-date information about various topics in close relationships theory and research. Each book reviews the particular topic area, describes contemporary research in the area and offers some suggestions for interesting research questions and/or real-world applications”. The Hendricks' review is comprehensive and accurate–especially in light of the brevity of the book–and the historical and philosophical material is a not infrequent source of original stimulation. Cate and Lloyd's volume on courtship (defined as relationships leading to marriage, plus other dating relationships) is structured somewhat similarly. It is much more of a systematic, critical examination of the relevant research programs, there is much less discussion of broad ideas. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved)

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