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3.91  ·  Rating details ·  43 ratings  ·  3 reviews
Bradbury and Karney s Intimate Relationships introduces students to the study of intimate relationships while using a critical thinking approach that encourages them to interact with what they read. Foundational topics like theoretical perspectives, cultural influences, gender, and sexuality are balanced with coverage of nontraditional relationships, cohabitation, couples ...more
Paperback, 598 pages
Published January 1st 2010 by W. W. Norton & Company
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Mar 01, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: psychology, work-help
This is a good textbook for teaching undergraduate courses because it's easy to read, and it incorporates examples that are relevant to their age group (e.g., using Chris Brown and Rihanna to illustrate domestic violence). I chose this book because of these features, the large amount of research it cites, and because the narrative aspect of the book isn't largely driven by an evolutionary perspective (I teach in the south). With that said, the book does become very repetitive. Some of the later ...more
David Schwan
This book gives an overview of studies done by social scientists on the topic of human intimate relationships. One chapter was a particular interest in that it is quite likely in the future to predict the long term compatibility of couples, there is sufficient evidence to make me believe that this is an achievable goal.
Sep 21, 2015 rated it did not like it

Intimate Relationships

What isn't in the subject index or glossary:
the Kinsey scale
primates (but voles are mentioned re: monogamy & oxytocin)
bonding (pair-bonding is minimally discussed without any actual explanation of bonding)
sexual response cycle

Not in the name index:

bisexuality is minimally covered. might as well not be there.

Empowerment as regards a woman's potentially higher income is there, but mammalian dom
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THOMAS N. BRADBURY earned a BA in psychobiology from Hamilton College, a MA in general psychology from Wake Forest University, and a PhD in clinical psychology from the University of Illinois. A Professor of Psychology at the University of California, Los Angeles,since 1990, Dr. Bradbury has received awards for teaching, mentoring, and research, including the distinguished Early Career Award in 19 ...more