A Sample of Classic and Essential Readings in Close Relationships

Attachment

Bartholomew, K. (1990). Avoidance of intimacy: An attachment perspective. Journal of Personal and Social Relationships, 7, 147–178.

Brennan, K. A., Clark, C. L., & Shaver, P. R. (1998). Self-report measurement of adult attachment: An integrative overview. In J. A. Simpson & W. S. Rholes (Eds.), Attachment theory and close relationships (pp. 46–76). New York: Guilford Press.

Hazan, C., & Shaver, P. (1987). Romantic love conceptualized as an attachment process.  Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 52, 511–524

Attraction

Byrne, D., Ervin, C. E., & Lamberth, J. (1970). Continuity between the experimental study of attraction and real-life computer dating. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 16, 157–165.

Dion, K. K., Berscheid, E., & Walster, E. (1972). What is beautiful is good. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 24, 285–290.

Graziano, W. G., & Bruce, J. W. (2008). Attraction and the initiation of relationships: A review of the empirical literature. In S. Sprecher, A. Wenzel, & J. Harvey (Eds.), Handbook of relationship initiation (pp. 269–295). New York: Psychology Press.

Moreland, R. L., & Beach, S. R. (1992). Exposure effects in the classroom: The development of affinity among students. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 28, 255–276.

Shanteau, J., & Nagy, G. F. (1979). Probability of acceptance in dating choice. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 37, 522–533.

Communication

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Afifi, W. A., & Weiner, J. L. (2004). Toward a theory of motivated information management. Communication Theory (10503293)14(2), 167-190.

Anderson, K. L. (2007). Theories in family communication: Multiple perspectives. Journal Of Language & Social Psychology26(1), 91-92. doi:10.1177/0261927X06296476

Berger, C. R., & Calabrese, R. J. (1975). Some explorations in initial interaction and beyond: Toward a theory of interpersonal communication. Human Communication Research199-112.

Burleson, B. R., & Denton, W. H. (1992). A new look at similarity and attraction in marriage: Similarities in social-cognitive and.. Communication Monographs59(3), 268-287.

Cupach, W. R., & Metts, S. (1986). Accounts of relational dissolution: A comparison of marital and non-marital relationships. Communication Monographs53(4), 311-334.

Dillard, J., & Solomon, D. (1999). Structuring the concept of relational communication. Communication Monographs66(1), 49-64.

Docan-Morgan, T., Manusov, V., & Harvey, J. (2013). When a small thing means so much: Nonverbal cues as turning points in relationships. Interpersona: An International Journal on Personal Relationships, 7(1), 110-124. doi:10.5964/ijpr.v7i1.119

Duck, S., Rutt, D. J., Hurst, M., & Strejc, H. (1991). Some evident truths about conversations in everyday relationships: All communications are not created equal. Human Communication Research17, 228-267.

Dunbar, N. E., & Burgoon, J. K. (2005). Perceptions of power and interactional dominance in interpersonal relationships. Journal Of Social & Personal Relationships22(2), 207-233. doi:10.1177/0265407505050944

Floyd, K., Sargent, J. E., & Di Corcia, M. (2004). Human affection exchange. Journal Of Social Psychology144(2), 191-206.

Knapp, M. L., Ellis, D. G., & Williams, B. A. (1980). Perceptions of communication behavior associated with relationship terms.  Communication Monographs47(4), 262-378.

Knobloch, L. K., Miller, L. E., Bond, B. J., & Mannone, S. E. (2007). Relational uncertainty and message processing in marriage. Communication Monographs74(2), 154-180. doi:10.1080/03637750701390069

Miller, C., Roloff, M. E., & Maris, R. S. (2007). Understanding interpersonal conflicts that are difficult to resolve: A review of literature and presentation of an integrated model. Communication Yearbook31118-171.

Petronio, S. G. (1991). Communication boundary management: A theoretical model of managing disclosure of private information between marital couples. Communication Theory1(4), 311-335.

Reid, S. A., & Giles, H. (2005). Intergroup relations: Its linguistic and communicative parameters. Group Processes & Intergroup Relations8(3), 211-214. doi:10.1177/1368430205053938

Schrodt, P., Witt, P. L., & Messersmith, A. S. (2008). A meta-analytical review of family communication patterns and their associations with information processing, behavioral, and psychosocial outcomes. Communication Monographs75(3), 248-269. doi:10.1080/03637750802256318

Theiss, J. A., & Haunani, D. (2006). A relational turbulence model of communication about rrritations in romantic relationships. Communication Research33(5), 391-418.

Vangelisti, A. L., Young, S. L., Carpenter-Theune, K. E., & Alexander, A. L. (2005). Why does it hurt?: The perceived causes of hurt feelings. Communication Research32(4), 443-477.doi:10.1177/0093650205277319

Walther, J. B. (1996). Computer-mediated communication: Impersonal, interpersonal, and hyperpersonal interaction. Communication Research23(1), 3-43.

Evolutionary Psychology

Buss, D. M.  (2013).  Seven tools for teaching evolutionary psychology.  In R. A. R. Gurung, K. Z. Naufel, & J. H. Wilson (Eds.), Controversy in the psychology classroom: Using hot topics to foster critical thinking (pp. 49-64).  Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.

Schmitt, D. P.  (2008).  An evolutionary perspective on mate choice and relationship initiation.  In S. Sprecher, A. Wenzel, & J. Harvey (Eds.), Handbook of relationship initiation (pp. 55–74). New York: Psychology Press. 

Friendship

Seger-Guttmann, T., Medler-Liraz, H., & Guttmann, J. (2012). "If you are my friend, please show your anger…" Differences between friends and colleagues in faking emotions. Interpersona: An International Journal on Personal Relationships, 6(2), 155-162. doi:10.5964/ijpr.v6i2.97

Individual Differences

Daly, J.A. (2011). Personality and interpersonal communication. In M. L. Knapp & J. A. Daly  (Eds.). Handbook of interpersonal communication (4th ed.). Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE. Pp. 131-168.

Hyde, J. S. (2007). New directions in the study of gender similarities and differences.  Current Directions in Psychological Science, 16, 259–263.

Ickes, W. (1985). Sex-role influences on compatibility in relationships. In W. Ickes (Ed.), Compatible and incompatible relationships (pp. 187–208). New York: Springer-Verlag.

Interdependence

Clark, M. S., & Mills, J.  (1979).  Interpersonal attraction in exchange and communal relationships. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 37, 12-24.

Gottman, J. M., & Levenson, R. W. (1992). Marital processes predictive of later dissolution: Behavior, physiology, and health. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 63, 221–233.

Miller, R. S. (1997). We always hurt the ones we love: Aversive interactions in close relationships. In R. Kowalski (Ed.), Aversive interpersonal interactions (pp. 11–29).  New York: Plenum.

Rusbult, C. E., Arriaga, X. B., & Agnew, C. R. (2001). Interdependence in close relationships.  In G. J. O. Fletcher & M. S. Clark (Eds.), Blackwell handbook of social psychology: Interpersonal processes (pp. 359–387). Malden, MA: Blackwell.

Internet and Relationships

Dutton, W. H., Helsper, E. J., Whitty, M. T., Li, N., Buckwalter, J. G., & Lee, E. (2009). The role of the internet in reconfiguring marriages: A cross-national study. Interpersona: An International Journal on Personal Relationships, 3(supp2), 3-18. doi:10.5964/ijpr.v3isupp2.73

Whitty, M. T., & Buchanan, T. (2009). Looking for love in so many places: Characteristics of online daters and speed daters. Interpersona: An International Journal on Personal Relationships, 3(supp2), 63-86. doi:10.5964/ijpr.v3isupp2.76

Interpersonal Conflict

Dunbar, N. E., Bippus, A. M., & Young, S. L. (2008). Interpersonal dominance in relational conflict: A view from dyadic power theory. Interpersona: An International Journal on Personal Relationships, 2(1), 1-33. doi:10.5964/ijpr.v2i1.16

Hurley, L., & Reese-Weber, M. (2012). Conflict strategies and intimacy: Variations by romantic relationship development and gender. Interpersona: An International Journal on Personal Relationships, 6(2), 200-210. doi:10.5964/ijpr.v6i2.101

Schudlich, T. D. D. R., Stettler, N. M., Stouder, K. A., & Harrington, C. (2013). Adult romantic attachment and couple conflict behaviors: Intimacy as a multi-dimensional mediator. Interpersona: An International Journal on Personal Relationships, 7(1), 26-43. doi:10.5964/ijpr.v7i1.107

Interpersonal Processes

Caughlin, J. P. (2002). The demand/withdraw pattern of communication as a predictor of marital satisfaction over time: Unresolved issues and future directions. Human Communication Research, 28, 49-85.

Cloven, D. H., & Roloff, M. E. (1993). The chilling effect of aggressive potential on the expression of complaints in intimate relationships Communication Monographs, 60, 199-219.

Huston, T. L., & Vangelisti, A. L.  (1991). Socioemotional behavior and satisfaction in marital relationships:  A longitudinal study. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 61, 721-733.

Murray, S. L. (2008). Realizing connectedness goals? The risk regulation system in relationships.  In J. P. Forgas & J. Fitness (Eds.), Social relationships: Cognitive, affective and motivational processes (pp. 289–303). New York: Psychology Press.

Petronio, S. G. (1991) Communication boundary management: A theoretical model of managing disclosure of private information between marital couples. Communication Theory, 1, 311-335.

Reis, H. T.  (2012).  Perceived partner responsiveness as an organizing theme for the study of relationships and well-being.  In L. Campbell & T. J. Loving (Eds.), Interdisciplinary research on close relationships: The case for integration (pp. 27-52).  Washinggton, DC: American Psychological Association.

Sillars, A. L., & Vangelisti, A. L.  (2006).  Communication: Basic properties and their relevance to relationship research.  In A. L. Vangelisti & D. Perlman (Eds.), The Cambridge handbook of personal relationships (pp. 331-351).  New York:  Cambridge University Press.

Swann, W. B., Jr., De La Ronde, C., & Hixon, J. G. (1994). Authenticity and positivity strivings in marriage and courtship. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 66, 857–869.

Interpersonal Support

Chow, C. M., & Glaman, R. (2013). Support-seeking and closeness across social relationships: Relationship-general and relationship-specific levels analysis. Interpersona: An International Journal on Personal Relationships, 7(1), 88-96. doi:10.5964/ijpr.v7i1.114

Living Happily Ever After (?)

Algoe, S. B., Fredrickson, B. L., & Gable, S. L. (2013, June 3). The social functions of the emotion of gratitude via expression.  Emotion.  Advance online publication. doi: 10.1037/a0032701

Baucom, D. H., Epstein, N., & Stanton, S. (2006). The treatment of relationship distress: Theoretical perspectives and empirical findings. In A. Vangelisti & D. Perlman (Eds.), The Cambridge handbook of personal relationships (pp. 745–769). New York: Cambridge University Press.

Johnson, M. P. (1995). Patriarchal terrorism and common couple violence: Two forms of violence against women. Journal of Marriage and the Family, 57, 283-294.

Rodrigues, A. E., Hall, J. H., & Fincham, F. D.  (2006).  What predicts divorce and relationship dissolution?  In M. A. Fine & J. H. Harvey (Eds.), Handbook of divorce and relationship dissolution (pp. 85-112).  Mahwah, NJ: Erlbaum.

Stafford, L. (2003). Maintaining romantic relationships: A summary and analysis of one research program. In D. J. Canary & M. Dainton (Eds.), Maintaining relationships through communication: Relational, contextual, and cultural variations (pp. 51–77). Mahwah, NJ: Erlbaum.

Love

Aron, A., Fisher, H. E., & Strong, G.  (2006).  Romantic love.  In A. L. Vangelisti & D. Perlman (Eds.), The Cambridge handbook of personal relationships (pp. 595–614). New York: Cambridge University Press.

Dutton, D. G., & Aron, A. P. (1974). Some evidence for heightened sexual attraction under conditions of high anxiety. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 30, 510–517.

Fehr, B., & Sprecher, S.  (2009).  Prototype analysis of the concept of compassionate love. Personal Relationships, 16, 343-364.

Hatfield, E., Singelis, T., Levine, T., Bachman, G., Muto, K., & Choo, P. (2007). Love schemas, preferences in romantic partners, and reactions to commitment. Interpersona: An International Journal on Personal Relationships, 1(1), 1-24. doi:10.5964/ijpr.v1i1.2

Hatfield, E., Pillemer, J. T., O’Brien, M. U., & Le, Y.-C. L. (2008). The Endurance of love: Passionate and companionate love in newlywed and long-term marriages. Interpersona: An International Journal on Personal Relationships, 2(1), 35-64. doi:10.5964/ijpr.v2i1.17

Sternberg, R. J.  (1986).  A triangular theory of love.  Psychological Review, 93, 119-135.

Sex

Hatfield, E., Luckhurst, C., & Rapson, R. L. (2011). Sexual motives: The impact of gender, personality, and social context on sexual motives and sexual behavior - especially risky sexual behavior. Interpersona: An International Journal on Personal Relationships, 5(2), 95-133. doi:10.5964/ijpr.v5i2.60

Hatfield, E., Luckhurst, C., & Rapson, R. L. (2012). A brief history of attempts to measure sexual motives. Interpersona: An International Journal on Personal Relationships, 6(2), 138-154. doi:10.5964/ijpr.v6i2.96

Sexuality

Myers, D. G.  (2013).  Sexual orientation, marriage, and students of faith. In R. A. R. Gurung, K. Z. Naufel, & J. H. Wilson (Eds.), Controversy in the psychology classroom: Using hot topics to foster critical thinking (pp. 81-104).  Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.

Vohs, K. D., Catanese, K. R., & Baumeister, R. F. (2004). Sex in “his” versus “her” relationships.  In J. H. Harvey, A. Wenzel, & S. Sprecher (Eds.), The handbook of sexuality in close relationships (pp. 455–474). Mahwah, NJ: Erlbaum.

Social Cognition

Berger, C. R., & Calabrese, R. J. (1975). Some explorations in initial interaction and beyond: Toward a developmental theory of interpersonal communication. Human Communication Research, 1, 99-112.

Fincham, F. D.  (1985).  Attribution processes in distressed and nondistressed couples: II. Responsibility for marital problems. Journal of Abnormal Psychology, 94, 183-190.

Murray, S. L., Holmes, J. G., & Griffin, D. W.  (1996).  The benefits of positive illusions: Idealization and the construction of satisfaction in close relationships. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 70, 79-98.

Snyder, M., Tanke, E. D., & Berscheid, E.  (1977).  Social perception and interpersonal behavior: On the self-fulfilling nature of social stereotypes. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 35, 656–666.

Sillars, A. L., & Scott, M. D. (1983). Interpersonal perception bewteen intimates: An integrateive review. Human Communication Research, 10, 153-176.

Relationships and Health

Cohen, S., Doyle, W. J., Skoner, D. P., Rabin, B. S., & Gwaltney, J. M. (1997). Social ties and susceptibility to the common cold. Jama, 277(24), 1940-1944.

Eisenberger, N. I., & Cole, S. W. (2012). Social neuroscience and health: Neurophysiological mechanisms linking social ties with physical health. Nature Neuroscience, 15, 669–674.

Haase, C. M., Holley, S. R., Bloch, L., Verstaen, A., & Levenson, R. W. (2016). Interpersonal emotional behaviors and physical health: A 20-year longitudinal study of long-term married couples. Emotion, 16, 965–977.

Holt-Lunstad, J., Smith, T. B., & Layton, J. B. (2010). Social relationships and mortality risk: a meta-analytic review. PLoS Med, 7(7), e1000316.

House, J. S., Landis, K. R., & Umberson, D. (1988). Social relationships and health. Science, 241(4865), 540.

Kiecolt-Glaser, J. K., Loving, T. J., Stowell, J. R., Malarkey, W. B., Lemeshow, S., Dickinson, S. L., & Glaser, R. (2005). Hostile marital interactions, proinflammatory cytokine production, and wound healing. Archives of general psychiatry, 62(12), 1377-1384.

Pietromonaco, P. R., Uchino, B., & Dunkel Schetter, C. (2013). Close relationship processes and health: implications of attachment theory for health and disease. Health Psychology, 32(5), 499.

Repetti, R. L., Taylor, S. E., & Seeman, T. E. (2002). Risky families: family social environments and the mental and physical health of offspring. Psychological bulletin, 128(2), 330.

Robles, T. F., Slatcher, R. B., Trombello, J. M., & McGinn, M. M. (2014). Marital quality and health: A meta-analytic review. Psychological Bulletin, 140(1), 140.

Smith, T. W., Cribbet, M. R., Nealey-Moore, J. B., Uchino, B. N., Williams, P. G., MacKenzie, J., & Thayer, J. F. (2011). Matters of the variable heart: respiratory sinus arrhythmia response to marital interaction and associations with marital quality. Journal of personality and social psychology, 100(1), 103.

King, B. M., & Regan, P. (2013). Human sexuality today  (8th ed.). New York: Pearson.

LeVay, S., Baldwin, J., & Baldwin, J. (2015). Discovering human sexuality  (3rd ed.). Sinauer Associates, Oxford University Press.

Loving, T. J., Heffner, K. L., & Kiecolt-Glaser, J. K. (2006). Physiology and interpersonal relationships. In A. L. Vangelisti & D. Perlman (Eds.), The Cambridge handbook of personal relationships (pp. 385–405). New York: Cambridge University Press.

Rathus, S. A., Nevid, J. S., & Fichner-Rathus, L. (2017). Human sexuality in a changing world  (10th ed.). New York: Pearson.

Note: The IARR Teaching Committee assembled this list of readings. If we have omitted a reading you consider essential to a topic, please email Cheryl.Harasymchuk@carleton.ca