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Intimacy and Well-Being: A Cross-Disciplinary Review

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Abstract

Originally published in Contemporary Psychology: APA Review of Books, 1997, Vol 42(4), 302–302. The reviewer states that during the last 15 years, the literature on intimacy has burgeoned. The impetus, in part, has emanated from the rapidly growing work in related areas that preceded it, specifically the increased interest in close relationships and the factors associated with psychological and physical well-being. Research at the interface of these literatures shows that the level and quality of intimacy is a uniquely important predictor of both relationship satisfaction and individual well-being. Prager's stated goal in her recently published book, The Psychology of Intimacy (see record 1995-98929-000), is a facilitation of a deeper understanding of how the beneficial effects of intimacy are realized. She aims to achieve this goal through a comprehensive review of the literature that raises new questions and frames familiar questions in new ways that will serve to stimulate theory and research. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved)

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