Incorporating the most up-to-date literature in psychology, sociology, psychoanalysis, and communication, this book provides an exhaustive synthesis of theoretical, empirical, and clinical research on personal relationships. Prager explores the complex interconnections between intimacy and individual development, examining relationships from infancy to old age in their social, cultural, and gender contexts and constructing an innovative, multi-tiered model of intimate relating. The book also delves into the thoughts and emotions people experience when they behave intimately with each other, and asks how intimate relationships come to be satisfying, stable, and harmonious for the people involved. Highlighting provocative questions for future research, The Psychology of Intimacy is a valuable resource for advanced undergraduate and graduate courses on personal relationships, intimacy, and family psychology.
"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