Support Processes in Intimate Relationships

Hardcover | June 25, 2010

EditorKieran T. Sullivan, Joanne Davila

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In the past twenty years or so, research on support processes in relationships has emerged as a distinct development in the field. Researchers have drawn from studies in the fields of communication, social support, and intimate relationships to conduct research examining support processes inrelationships on micro and macro levels. Theoretical models of support processes in intimate relationships have been developed and increasingly sophisticated methodologies and data analytic techniques are being used to accumulate considerable and convincing evidence of the importance and complexityof support processes in intimate relationships. This edited book offers a broad yet coherent view of the field, showcasing novel, state-of-the-art research and theory on support processes in intimate relationships. Cutting-edge scholarly work is compiled in one accessible volume, which is designed to provoke and guide new research on socialsupport. The book is divided into five sections designed to reflect emerging themes in the literature on support processes and intimate relationships. "Getting What One Wants: Perceived Support in Intimate Relationships" highlights the importance of offering support that is consistent with theneeds of the recipient. "Providing What Partners Need: Interpersonal Aspects of Support" focuses on the importance of empathic understanding, validation of support seekers' needs, attachment styles, and the emotional context for effective support provision. "Complexities of Support Processes inIndividual and Couple Well Being" highlights the complex nature of support, presenting research on the effects of partner support on coping with stress, differential responses to daily support, and the importance of providing support for positive events. "Support in the Context of Health-relatedProblems and Behaviors" is comprised of chapters describing the effects of support on health, illness, and injury. Finally, "Culture and Gender" presents research that explores the role of gender and culture in support processes in couples.

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In the past twenty years or so, research on support processes in relationships has emerged as a distinct development in the field. Researchers have drawn from studies in the fields of communication, social support, and intimate relationships to conduct research examining support processes inrelationships on micro and macro levels. Th...

Kieran Sullivan received her PhD from UCLA in 1997 and is an Associate Professor of Psychology at Santa Clara University. She has published in the areas of prevention for relationship distress and violence, social support in marriage, couple therapy, and religiosity and marriage. Her current research focuses on support, control and ...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:416 pages, 6.42 × 9.02 × 1.42 inPublished:June 25, 2010Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Thomas N. Bradbury: ForewordKieran Sullivan and Joanne Davila: IntroductionSection 1: Getting what one wants: Perceived support in close relationships1. Rebecca L. Brock and Erika Lawrence: Support Adequacy in Marriage: Observing the Platinum Rule2. Christine Rini and Christine Dunkel Schetter: The Effectiveness of Social Support Attempts in Intimate Relationships: "'T ain't what you do, it's the way that you do it"Section 2: Providing what partners' need: Interpersonal aspects of support3. Lesley L. Verhofstadt, William Ickes, and Ann Buysse: "I Know What You Need Right Now": Empathic Accuracy and Support Provision in Marriage4. Nancy L. Collins and Brooke C. Feeney: An attachment theoretical perspective on social support dynamics in couples: Normative processes and individual differences5. Alan E. Fruzzetti and John M. Worrall: Accurate Expression and Validating Responses: A Transactional Model for Understanding Individual and Relationship DistressSection 3: Complexities of support processes in individual and couple well being6. Anita DeLongis, Susan Holtzman, Eli Puterman, and Mark Lam: Spousal Support and Dyadic Coping in Times of Stress7. Patrick E. Shrout, Niall Bolger, Masumi Iida, Christopher Burke, Marci E. J. Gleason, and Sean P. Lane: The Effects of Daily Support Transactions During Acute Stress: Results From a Diary Study of Bar Exam Preparation8. Shelly L. Gable and Sara Algoe: Being there when things go right: Support processes for positive eventsSection 4: Support in the context of health-related problems and behaviors9. Kieran Sullivan, Lauri Pasch, Kathrine Bejanyan, and Katherine Hanson: Social Support, Social Control and Health Behavior Change in Spouses10. Sharon Manne and Hoda Badr: Intimate Relationships and Cancer11. Natalya C. Maisel, Amy J. Rauer, Grant N. Marshall, and Benjamin R. Karney: Social support after a partner's traumatic injury: Situational, relationship, and individual difference predictorsSection 5: Cultural and gender-based aspects of support12. Brant R. Burleson and Lisa K. Hanasono: Explaining Cultural and Sex Differences in Responses to Supportive Communication: A Dual-Process Approach13. Edna Brown, Terri L. Orbuch, and Artie Maharaj: Social Networks and Marital Stability among Black American and White American Couples14. Dominik Schoebi, Zhiyun Wang, Valentin Ababkov, and Meinrad Perrez: Daily Support Across Cultural Contexts: A Comparison of Daily Support Experiences of Young Families in Four Cultural ContextsJoanne Davila and Kieran Sullivan: Conclusions: Bringing the field together and moving forward