Given the importance of close relationships in all facets of human life, it is no surprise that research on relationship processes is multidisciplinary and divergent in methodology. Such diversity in the study of close relationships should allow for a more detailed and comprehensive understanding of relationship processes, but researchers in different fields have yet to integrate their findings into a deeper, more holistic model of close relationship functioning.

This book brings together different perspectives on close relationships to explore how such relationships develop, function, and interact across a variety of contexts. Prominent scholars contribute theory and empirical research rooted in developmental, social, and cross-cultural psychology, as well as evolutionary science, individual differences, and psychophysiology. Both early and adult relationships are examined, along with parent–child relationships.

This excellent resource will be well received by researchers and students in the social sciences who are interested in a broader, more collaborative approach to relationship science.

Table of Contents



  1. Research on Close Relationships: Call for an Interdisciplinary Integration
    Lorne Campbell and Catherine Surra

I. Interpersonal Responsiveness in Close Relationships

  1. Perceived Partner Responsiveness as an Organizing Theme for the Study of Relationships and Well-Being
    Harry T. Reis
  2. The Emergence of Social Approach and Avoidance Motivation in Early Parent–Child Relationships
    Theodore Dix and Katharine Ann Buck
  3. Emotion Regulation in Close Relationships: Implications for Social Threat and Its Effects on Immunological Functioning
    Lisa M. Diamond and Christopher P. Fagundes

II. Relationships in Early Life

  1. Parent–Child and Child–Peer Close Relationships: Understanding Parental Influences on Peer Relations From a Cultural Context
    Nancy E. Hill
  2. Social Networks and Attachment Bonds During Adolescence: Implications for Early Pair Bonding and Risky Behaviors
    Roger Kobak and Joanna Herres

III. Adult Relationships

  1. An Organizational–Developmental Perspective on Functioning in Adult Romantic Relationships
    Jessica E. Salvatore, W. Andrew Collins, and Jeffry A. Simpson
  2. Putting Marriage in Its Context: The Influence of External Stress on Early Marital Development
    Lisa A. Neff
  3. The Utility of Evolutionary Perspectives on Romantic Relationships: Women's Estrus as Illustration
    Steven W. Gangestad
  4. Examining Divorce Consequences and Policies and the Question: Is Marriage More Than a Piece of Paper?
    Robert E. Emery, Hyun Joo Shim, and Erin Horn

IV. Conclusions

  1. A Path to Interdisciplinary Scholarship
    Aletha C. Huston
  2. Back to the Future: Resurrecting and Vitalizing the Unrealized Call for Interdisciplinary Research on Close Relationships
    Timothy J. Loving and Ted L. Huston


About the Editors

Editor Bios

Lorne Campbell earned his PhD in social psychology at Texas A&M University in 2001. He was an assistant professor at Simon Fraser University before joining the faculty at the University of Western Ontario in 2002, where he is currently an associate professor of psychology. From 2008 to 2009, Dr. Campbell was a Harrington Faculty Fellow at the University of Texas at Austin in the Department of Human Development and Family Sciences.

Dr. Campbell is a recognized expert in the fields of interpersonal relationships, research design and data analysis, and evolutionary psychology. He is on the editorial board of the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology and Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin and is the editor of the journal Personal Relationships.

His research is currently funded by the Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada, and his work has been published in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, Personal Relationships, Personality and Individual Differences, and the Journal of Social and Personal Relationships.

Timothy J. Loving received his PhD in social psychology from Purdue University in 2001. He is currently an associate professor in the University of Texas at Austin's Department of Human Development and Family Sciences. Prior to arriving at Texas, he received postdoctoral training at the Ohio State University College of Medicine, where he was funded by a National Institutes of Health training grant in psychoneuroimmunology.

Dr. Loving's research addresses the mental and physical health impact of relationship transitions, with a particular focus on affectively positive transitions (e.g., falling in love) and the role that network members serve as relationship partners adapt to these transitions. He is an associate editor of Personal Relationships and a member of the editorial board for the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology.

His research is currently funded by a grant from the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, and his work has been published in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, Personal Relationships, Psychosomatic Medicine, Psychoneuroendocrinology, and Archives of General Psychiatry.