September 2013
 John DeLamater
 

 Sociology 961: Intimate Relationships 

The purpose of this seminar is 1) to read and discuss the social science literature on close or intimate relationships, and 2) to contribute to your development as a scholar of relationships.
 

September 9: Overview

Fagundes, Christorpher, and Diamond, Lisa. (2013).  Intimate relationships.  In DeLamater, John, and Ward, Amanda (Eds.), Handbook of Social Psychology, 2e.  Dordrecht: Springer Science, 371-411.

DeLamater, John, and Hyde, Janet Shibley.  (2004).  Conceptual and theoretical issues in studying sexuality in close relationships. In Harvey, John, Wenzel, Amy, and Sprecher, Susan (Eds.), The Handbook of Sexuality in Close RelationshipsMahwah, NJ: Erlbaum, 7-30.

September 16: Theoretical Paradigms

Neuberg, Steven, Kenrick, Douglas, and Schaller, Mark. (2010).  Evolutionary social psychology.  In Fiske, Susan, Gilbert, Daniel, and Lindzey, Gardner (Eds.) Handbook of Social Psychology, Vol. 2, 5e.  New York: Wiley, 761-796.

Wood, Wendy, and Eagly, Alice H. (2010). In Fiske, Susan, Gilbert, Daniel, and Lindzey, Gardner (Eds.) Handbook of Social Psychology, Vol. 1, 5e.  New York: Wiley, 629-667.

Leary, Mark.  (2010).  Affiliation, acceptance, and belonging.  In Fiske, Susan, Gilbert, Daniel, and Lindzey, Gardner (Eds.) Handbook of Social Psychology, Vol. 2, 5e.  New York: Wiley, 864-897.

Swidler, Ann.  (2001).  Talk of Love: How Culture MattersChicago: University of Chicago Press.  Introduction, Part 1 (pp. 1-40).


Relationship Processes

September 23: Communication

Sillars, Alan, and Vangelisti, Anita. (2006). Communication: Basic properties and their relevance to relationshiop research.  In Vangelisti, Anita, and Perlman, Dan (Eds.), The Cambridge Handbook of Personal RelationshipsCambridge: Cambridge University Press, 331-351.

Guerrero, Laura, Jones, Susanne, and Boburka, Renee.  (2006).  Sex differences in emotional communication.  In Dindia, Kathryn, and Canary, Daniel (Eds.), Sex Differences and Similarities in Communication.  Mahwah, NJ: Erlbaum, 241-261.
 

September 30: Attachment Processes

Shaver, Phillip, and Mikulincer, Mario. (2006).  Attachment theory, individual psychodynamics, and relationship functioning.  In Vangelisti, Anita, and Perlman, Dan (Eds.), The Cambridge Handbook of Personal RelationshipsCambridge: Cambridge University Press, 251-271. 

Feeney, Judith, and Noller, Patricia.  (2004).  Attachment and sexuality in close relationships.  In Harvey, John, Wenzel, Amy, and Sprecher, Susan (Eds.), The Handbook of Sexuality in Close RelationshipsMahwah, NJ: Erlbaum, 183-201.

October 7: Commitment

Rusbult, Caryl, Coolsen, Michael, Kirchner, Jeffrey, and Clarke, Jennifer.  (2006). Commitment.  In Vangelisti, Anita, and Perlman, Dan (Eds.), The Cambridge Handbook of Personal RelationshipsCambridge: Cambridge University Press, 615-636.

Clark, Margaret, and Lemay, Edward.  (2010).  Close relationships. In Fiske, Susan, Gilbert, Daniel, and Lindzey, Gardner (Eds.) Handbook of Social Psychology, Vol. 2, 5e.  New York: Wiley, 898-940.

Fincham, Frank, and Beach, Steven.  (2006). Relationship satisfaction.  In Vangelisti, Anita, and Perlman, Dan (Eds.), The Cambridge Handbook of Personal RelationshipsCambridge: Cambridge University Press, 579-594.

Lehmiller, Justin.  (2009). Secret romantic relationships: Consequences for personal and relational well-being.  Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 35, 1452-1466.

October 14: Social Support

Sarason, Irwin, and Sarason, Barbara.  (2009).  Social support: Mapping the construct.  Jojurnal of Social and Personal Relationships, 26: 113-120.

Sarason, Barbara, and Sarason, Irwin.  (2006).  Close relationships and social support: Implications for the measurement of social support.  In Vangelisti, Anita, and Perlman, Dan (Eds.), The Cambridge Handbook of Personal RelationshipsCambridge: Cambridge University Press, 429-443. 

Octiber 21: Sexual Motivation/Sexual Desire

Pfaus, James.  (1999).  Revisiting the concept of sexual motivation.  In Rosen, Ray (Ed.), Annual Review of Sex Research, 10, 120-156.

Regan, Pamela.  (2004).  Sex and the attraction process: Lessons from science (and Shakespeare) on lust, love, chastity, and fidelity. In Harvey, John, Wenzel, Amy, and Sprecher, Susan (Eds.), The Handbook of Sexuality in Close RelationshipsMahwah, NJ: Erlbaum, 115-133. 

Impett, Emily, and Peplau, Letitia Anne. (2006). "His" and "hers" relationships? A review of the empirical literature.  In Vangelisti, Anita, and Perlman, Dan (Eds.), The Cambridge Handbook of Personal RelationshipsCambridge: Cambridge University Press, 273-291.

October 28: Conflict and Agression

Kline, Galena, Pleasant, Nichole, Whitton, Sarah, and Markman, Howard.  (2006). Understanding couple conflict.  In Vangelisti, Anita, and Perlman, Dan (Eds.), The Cambridge Handbook of Personal RelationshipsCambridge: Cambridge University Press, 445-462.

Anderson, Kristin. (2010). Conflict, power, and violence in families.  Journal of Marriage and Family, 72: 726-742.

Christopher, F. Scott, and Kisler, Tiffani.  (2004). Sexual aggression in romantic relationships. In Harvey, John, Wenzel, Amy, and Sprecher, Susan (Eds.), The Handbook of Sexuality in Close RelationshipsMahwah, NJ: Erlbaum, 287-309.

November 4: Maintenance and Repair

Canary, David, and Dainton, Marianne. (2006). Maintaining relationships.  In Vangelisti, Anita, and Perlman, Dan (Eds.), The Cambridge Handbook of Personal RelationshipsCambridge: Cambridge University Press, 727-743.

Baucom, Donald, Epstein, Norman, and Stanton, Susan. (2006). The treatment of relationship distress: Theoretical perspectives and empirical findings.  In Vangelisti, Anita, and Perlman, Dan (Eds.), The Cambridge Handbook of Personal RelationshipsCambridge: Cambridge University Press, 745-765.

McCarthy, Barry, Bodnar, L. Elizabeth, and Handal, Mitsouko.  (2004). Integrating sex therapy and couple therapy.  In Harvey, John, Wenzel, Amy, and Sprecher, Susan (Eds.), The Handbook of Sexuality in Close RelationshipsMahwah, NJ: Erlbaum, 573-593.


Relationships across the Life Course

November 11: Adolescence

Giordano, Pegy(2003). Relationships in adolescence.  In Cook, Karen, and Hagan, John (Eds.), Annual Review of Sociology, 29, 257-281.

Miller, Brent, and Benson, Brad.  (1999). Romantic and sexual relationship development during adolescence.  In Furman, Wyndol, Brown, B. Bradford, and Feiring, Candice (Eds.), The Development of Romantic Relationships in AdolescenceCambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, 99-121.

Diamond, Lisa, Savin-Williams, Ritch, and Dube, Eric.  (1999). Sex, dating, passionate friendships, and romance: Intimate peer relations among lesbian, gay and bisexual adolescents.  In Furman, Wyndol, Brown, B. Bradford, and Feiring, Candice (Eds.), The Development of Romantic Relationships in AdolescenceCambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, 175-210.
 

November 18: Adulthood

Cherlin, Andrew.  (2010). Demographic trends in the United States: A review of research in the 2000s. Journal of Marriage and Family, 72: 403-419.

Sassler, Sharon. (2010). Partnering across the life-course: Sex, relationships, and mate selection. Journal of Marriage and Family, 72: 557-575.

Fincham, Frank, and Beach, Steven.  (2010).  Marriage in the new Millennium: A decade in review.  Journal of Marriage and Family, 72: 630-649.

Diamond, Lisa.  (2006). The intimate same-sex relationships of sexual minorities.  In Vangelisti, Anita, and Perlman, Dan (Eds.), The Cambridge Handbook of Personal RelationshipsCambridge: Cambridge University Press, 293-312.

Biblarz, Timothy, and Savci, Evren. (2010). Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender families. Journal of Marriage and Family, 72: 480-497.

Recommended:  Willetts, Marion, Sprecher, Susan, and Beck, Frank.  (2004). Overview of sexual practices and attitudes within relational contexts. In Harvey, John, Wenzel, Amy, and Sprecher, Susan (Eds.), The Handbook of Sexuality in Close RelationshipsMahwah, NJ: Erlbaum, 57-86. 

November 25: Later Life

Blieszner, Rosemary. (2006). Close relationships in middle and late adulthood.   In Vangelisti, Anita, and Perlman, Dan (Eds.), The Cambridge Handbook of Personal RelationshipsCambridge: Cambridge University Press, 211-227.

DeLamater, John.  (2012).  Sexual expression in later life: A review and synthesis. Journal of Sex research, 49: 125-141.  

Coleman, Marilyn, Ganong, Lawrence, and Leon, Kim.  (2006). Divorce and post-divorce relationships.  In Vangelisti, Anita, and Perlman, Dan (Eds.), The Cambridge Handbook of Personal RelationshipsCambridge: Cambridge University Press, 157-173.


December 2
: Student Presentations 
 

December 9: Student Presentations