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The Psychology of Intimacy (The Guilford Series on Personal Relationships) 1st Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-1572302679
ISBN-10: 1572302674
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"At last! A book that brings together the extensive and diverse literatures on intimacy. Prager's cross-disciplinary approach combines life span development, personal needs, interpersonal relations, and contextual perspectives into a comprehensive account of what existing research tells us about the role of intimacy in modern lives. I was most impressed with Prager's ability to create order with precision out of the disparate and sometimes conflicting approaches evident in the literature. Extensively annotated, this work will provide a valuable resource for researchers, educators and clinicians." --Harry T. Reis, PhD, Professor of Psychology, University of Rochester

"An outstanding integrative review of the research and theory on intimacy. Taking a life span development perspective, Prager weaves together what is known about intimacy from infancy to old age. Notable aspects of the book include its conceptual clarity and its attention to context." --Andrew Christensen, PhD, Dept of Psychology, UCLA

"A truly comprehensive review of what is known and what we need to know about intimacy across the life course. Prager skillfully integrates diverse theoretical and methodological traditions, achieving a brilliant synthesis of what has been a divided and fragmentary literature. This volume should serve to catalyze, strengthen, and broaden research on intimacy for years to come." --Linda J. Roberts, PhD, University of Wisconsin-Madison

"Provides the most thorough review of literature on intimacy that is currently available. Unlike many other and briefer treatments, the book considers the changing nature of intimacy across the life span, and also deals with the critical role of context as it affects and is affected by intimacy. The book will be of interest to all who have any concern with interpersonal relationships." --Robert J. Sternberg, PhD, IBM Professor of Psychology and Education, Yale University


"An abundance of innovative and fresh ideas for researchers and clinicians make this book a notable contribution for anyone concerned with interpersonal relationships. Upper-division undergraduate through professional; two-year technical program students."--Choice
(Choice 1997-11-09)

About the Author

Karen J. Prager, PhD, is Associate Professor at the University of Texas at Dallas. Dr. Prager's interests include intimacy, couple communication and conflict resolution processes, and women's issues. She maintains a private practice with specialties in couple treatment and women's issues.
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Product Details

  • Series: The Guilford Series on Personal Relationships
  • Paperback: 367 pages
  • Publisher: The Guilford Press; 1 edition (November 7, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1572302674
  • ISBN-13: 978-1572302679
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 6.2 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,503,135 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The author does an excellent job of exploring the subject of intimacy: from an educational (and fascinating) discussion of how it may be defined, to a stage-by-stage description of its role at various points of the life cycle, to ideas for further research. Throughout the text are thorough references to the literature supporting every idea presented - a very scholarly work. She avoids the pitfall of many authors in psychology of one-dimensionally limiting their presentation based on allegiance to a particular 'school' of psychology/therapy.

The main drawback is that at this point (2010) the book is 15 years old. A thorough updating would add to its value. Despite this, I would recommend it to anyone interested in the field of intimacy (which should be everyone!).
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Vast content and very useful. Profuse citations are from contemporary sources in the academic realm rather than mainstream psychology. Probably one of best resources on the subject with a good bibliography.
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Great condition.
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Author's comments: This book is an exhaustive review of what we know about intimacy in couple relationships, friendships, and parent-child relationships. It traces the precursors of intimacy from infancy through old age, discusses nonverbal and verbal aspects of intimacy, and considers how close relationships fulfill intimacy needs.
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