Intimate Relationships across Cultures

Although there has been a great deal of research on close relationships, less is known about cross-cultural similarities or differences in romantic or sexual relationships. Recent books have reviewed intimate relationships (e.g., ...

Intimate Relationships across Cultures

A ground breaking study of the ways that intimate relationships are similar around the world, and the ways they are different.

Personal Relationships Across Cultures

Simmons and her colleagues (Simmons et al., 1986, 1989) have also contrasted romantic love scores across cultures, using other scales measuring romantic love. Simmons et al. (1986) examined perspectives on romantic love among West ...

Personal Relationships Across Cultures

Is falling in love the same the world over? What makes a 'happy marriage' in different cultures? How does our society influence us in the way we raise our children? Is modern life incompatible with intimacy? In this innovative new text, Robin Goodwin challenges many of the established views on relationships by considering how different cultures view different relationships (love, marriage, friendship, the family, sexual relations). By discussing fundamental differences in values between cultures, alongside other key influences such as social class and education, he explores why these differences occur, and how different political and historical events have challenged existing patterns of relationships. Finally, drawing on research from all parts of the world, he considers how we can use this knowledge to help different communities across the globe cope with their most pressing relational challenges. Dr Robin Goodwin is Reader in Psychology in the Department of Human Sciences at Brunel University, London. He publishes widely on relationships and culture, and lectures about his work across the world.

Close Relationships and Happiness across Cultures

19 Hidefumi Hitokoto and Yukiko Uchida 3 Parent-Child Relationships and Happiness Across Cultures . . . . . . . 41 Meagan A. Ramsey, Karena M. Moran, Angela G. Pubal, and Amy L. Gentzler 4 Intimate Relationships and Happiness in Asia: A ...

Close Relationships and Happiness across Cultures

This volume focuses explicitly on close relationships as a reliable source for individual happiness and well-being across cultures. The work in this volume addresses theoretical issues and presents new cross-cultural data in the study of close relationships and happiness. Experts from different parts of the world provide in-depth, authoritative reviews and new findings on the relationship between various types of close bonds (e.g., intimate, marital, friendship, grandparent) and happiness in a variety of cultures. An ideal resource for researchers and students of relationship science and positive psychology, this rich, clear, and up-to-date book serves as an important reference for academicians in related fields of psychology such as cross-cultural, social, and developmental.

Intimate Relationships Across the Lifespan Formation Development Enrichment and Maintenance

cultures. In some cultures, such as the Arab and Iranian cultures, people express grief openly, while in other cultures (e.g., ... People of different cultures differ in nonverbal expressions of emotion about love and intimacy.

Intimate Relationships Across the Lifespan  Formation  Development  Enrichment  and Maintenance

This comprehensive research-based book is a next-generation study of intimate relationships that explores implications for health and well-being across cultures, genders, and traditional as well as non-traditional relationships. • Explores intimate relationships across ages, cultures, traditional and non-traditional relationships • Details the effects of intimate relationships on health, well-being, and quality of life • Describes research tools and methods for assessing relationships • Explains intervention strategies for relationship problems

Communicating Across Cultures Second Edition

their intimate relationships and deal with sociocultural membership and relational culture issues capably. Throughout this chapter, we consider the development of intercultural–intimate relationships between individuals who differ on ...

Communicating Across Cultures  Second Edition

This highly regarded text--now revised and expanded with 50% new material--helps students and professionals build their knowledge and competencies for effective intercultural communication in any setting. The authors' comprehensive, updated theoretical framework (integrative identity negotiation theory) reveals how both verbal and nonverbal communication are affected by multilayered facets of identity. Written in a candid, conversational style, the book is rich with engaging examples illustrating cultural conflicts and misunderstandings that arise in workplace, educational, interpersonal, and community contexts. Readers learn how to transform polarized conversations into successful intercultural engagements by combining knowledge about culture with mindful listening and communication skills. New to This Edition *Extensively revised to reflect the ongoing development of integrative identity negotiation theory, nearly 20 years of research advances, the growing diversity of the United States, and global trends. *Chapter providing a mindfulness lens on intercultural and intergroup communication competence. *Chapter on culture shock in sojourners (international students, global businesspeople, and others). *Chapter on immigrants' acculturation processes. *Lively chapter-opening case examples, including compelling personal stories. *End-of-chapter summaries, "Mindful Guidelines" to put into practice, and critical thinking questions. *New and expanded discussions of hot topics: cross-cultural workplaces, community building, peace building, romantic relationships, prejudice and discrimination, microaggressions, and ethical issues.

Communication in Personal Relationships Across Cultures

The equality matching model is characterized by intimacy of a reciprocal nature . For example , self - disclosure would be moderated by the level of intimacy in a relationship , but the amounts of self - disclosure provided would be ...

Communication in Personal Relationships Across Cultures

Communication in Personal Relationships Across Cultures examines the communication practices of non-Western cultures. The international cast of contributors assembled here leaves behind the biases typical of most research and theorizing done in this area of communication and enables the reader to develop a thorough understanding of how people communicate in non-Western societies. Chapters focus on communication practices in China, Japan, Korea, Mexico, Brazil, Iran, Africa, and totalitarian societies. Through both emic and etic approaches, this groundbreaking volume explores how members of a culture understand their own communication, and compares the similarities and differences of specific aspects of communication across cultures. --From publisher's description.

Support Processes in Intimate Relationships

CULTURE AND THE EXPERIENCE OF SUPPORT IN CLOSE RELATIONSHIPS Social Support and Culture The exchange of support is presumably a universal function of human relations that characterizes close relationships across cultures.

Support Processes in Intimate Relationships

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 in relationships 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 complexity of 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 social support. 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 the needs 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 in Individual 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-related Problems 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.

Personal Relationships Across Cultures

Robin Goodwin draws together research findings from across the world to explore how fundamental differences in cultural values influence the ways in which people form and maintain human relationships.

Personal Relationships Across Cultures

Robin Goodwin draws together research findings from across the world to explore how fundamental differences in cultural values influence the ways in which people form and maintain human relationships.

Love and Intimacy in Online Cross Cultural Relationships

CROSS-CULTURAL. RELATIONSHIPS. Jamieson et al. (2011, 4–5) argue that there are important differences between doing ... those that aim to capture a sense of how intimate relationships are negotiated and constructed in everyday lives.

Love and Intimacy in Online Cross Cultural Relationships

This book challenges assumptions about the motivations that drive women from relatively poor, developing countries to use intermarriage dating sites to find partners from relatively wealthy, developed countries. It is generally assumed that economic deprivation or economic opportunities are the main factors, but this book instead focuses on the work of women’s imagination in online cross-cultural relationships, including the role of desire, love and intimacy. The experiences of Thai women are used to explore how they initiate, develop and maintain love and intimacy with Western men across distance and time. The book shows that, in the absence of opportunities to search and meet partners from geographically distant parts of the world, the technology of the internet offers new ways of searching for and managing relationships and has significant consequences for local experiences and expectations of love and partnering. The book will be of interest to scholars and students with an interest in family and intimate life, gender and sexualities, Asian and Thai studies, globalization and nationalism, culture and media, sociology and anthropology.

Mate Selection Across Cultures

For example, are couples less likely to choose marriage now that alternative contracts are available? ... There is a clear need for research that investigates the development of intimate relationships among the various cultural groups ...

Mate Selection Across Cultures

Mate Selection Across Cultures explores one of the most basic human endeavors—couple formation—with particular attention to those relationships that lead to marriage. Editors Raeann R. Hamon and Bron B. Ingoldsby examine the enterprise of mate selection and look at the similarities and differences of human bonds around the globe.

Cultural Perspectives on Women s Depression

The articulation of relationships among love, power, and violence undertaken by feminist movements does not separate ... favor of taking care of others and of maintaining their relationships of intimacy and thus silencing their voices.

Cultural Perspectives on Women s Depression

This international volume offers new perspectives on social and psychological aspects of depression. The twenty-one contributors hailing from thirteen countries use the framework of Silencing the Self theory to examine gender differences in depression, as well as related aspects of mental and physical illness, including treatments specific to women.

Communicating Across Cultures First Edition

Such knowledge can help us to improve the quality of our personal relationships such as friendships, dating relationships, ... on the one hand, or relational harmony between intimate partners from two contrastive cultures, on the other.

Communicating Across Cultures  First Edition

From high-level business negotiations to casual conversations among friends, every interpersonal interaction is shaped by cultural norms and expectations. Seldom is this more clearly brought to light than in encounters between people from different cultural backgrounds, when dissimilar communication practices may lead to frustration and misunderstanding. This thought-provoking text presents a new framework for understanding the impact of culture on communication and for helping students build intercultural communication competence. With illustrative examples from around the globe, the book shows that verbal and nonverbal communication involves much more than transmitting a particular message--it also reflects each participant's self-image, group identifications and values, and privacy and relational needs. Readers learn to move effectively and appropriately through a wide range of transcultural situations by combining culture-specific knowledge with mindful listening and communication skills. Throughout, helpful tables and charts and easy-to-follow guidelines for putting concepts into practice enhance the book's utility for students.

The Praeger Handbook of Personality Across Cultures 3 volumes

Cross and colleagues (2000) developed the RelationalInterdependent Self-Construal (RISC) Scale to measure the degree to which North American individuals define themselves in terms of important intimate relationships.

The Praeger Handbook of Personality Across Cultures  3 volumes

This important multivolume work sheds light on current—and future—research on cultural universals and differences in personality in their evolutionary, ecological, and cultural contexts. • Uniquely brings together diverse topics and theoretical viewpoints related to personality across cultures, including cross-cultural, cultural, indigenous, evolutionary, and neuroscientific perspectives • Provides a thorough picture of current knowledge as well as directions for future research • Comprises 31 chapters by leading international researchers discussing their respective areas of expertise • Addresses personality broadly defined to include universal and indigenous traits, personality types, the self, emotion, motivation, values, beliefs, and life narratives • Draws on cultural samples from every continent except Antarctica

Close Relationships

Our own work on love and sex has found relationships between the love styles and the sexual attitudes represented in ... How- ever , other voices speak to love's social con- struction within , rather than across , cultures , countries ...

Close Relationships

'The authors ...extend the reach of their comprehensive reviews into theoretically driven and innovating explorations. The scope of coverage across and within chapters is striking. The developmentalist, the methodologist, the feminist, the contextualist, and the cross-culturalist alike will find satisfaction in reading the chapters' - Catherine A Surra, University of Texas, Austin The science of close relationships is relatively new and complex. This volume has 26 chapters organized into four thematic areas: relationship methods, forms, processes, and threats, as well as a foreword and an epilogue.

The Evolution of Human Pair Bonding Friendship and Sexual Attraction

In contemporary culture, we cannot conceive of same-sex friendships involving sexual intimacy and pleasure because having sex with a person of the same sex is a “gay” relationship, not friendship. A close modern friendship is distinct ...

The Evolution of Human Pair Bonding  Friendship  and Sexual Attraction

The Evolution of Human Pair-Bonding, Friendship, and Sexual Attraction presents an evolutionary history of romantic love, male-female pair-bonding, same-sex friendship, and sexual attraction, drawing on sexuality research, gay and lesbian studies, history, literature, anthropology, and evolutionary science. Employing evolutionary theory as a framework, close same-sex friendship is examined as an adaptive trait that has harnessed love, affection, and sexual pleasure to navigate same-sex environments for both men and women, ultimately benefiting their reproductive success and promoting the inheritance of traits for friendship. Chapters consider the desire to form close same-sex friendships and ask if this is embedded in our biology, concluding that most humans have the capacity to form loving, meaningful, and sexual relationships with men and women. This book takes on a unique interdisciplinary approach and is essential reading for those studying and working in sexuality research, anthropology, sociology, evolutionary psychology, and gay and lesbian studies. It will also be of interest to marriage and family therapists as well as sex therapists.

Silencing the Self Across Cultures

This book breaks new ground by demonstrating that the link between depressive symptoms and self-silencing occurs across a range of cultures.

Silencing the Self Across Cultures

Winner of the 2011 Ursula Gielen Global Psychology Book Award! This award is presented by APA Division 52 to the authors or editors of a book that makes the greatest contribution to psychology as an international discipline and profession. This international volume offers new perspectives on social and psychological aspects of depression. The twenty-one contributors hailing from thirteen countries represent contexts with very different histories, political and economic structures, and gender role disparities. Authors rely on Silencing the Self theory, which details the negative psychological effects that result when individuals silence themselves in close relationships, and the importance of social context in precipitating depression. Specific patterns of thought on how to achieve closeness in relationships (self-silencing schema) are known to predict depression. This book breaks new ground by demonstrating that the link between depressive symptoms and self-silencing occurs across a range of cultures. Silencing the Self Across Cultures explains why women's depression is more widespread than men's, and why the treatment of depression lies in understanding that a person's individual psychology is inextricably related to the social world and close relationships. Several chapters describe the transformative possibilities of community-driven movements for disadvantaged women that support healing through a recovery of voice, as well as the need to counter violations of human rights as a means of reducing women's risk of depression. Bringing the work of these researchers together in one collection furthers international dialogue about critical social factors that affect the rising rates of depression around the globe.

Couple Relationships in a Global Context

The book also investigates aspects of a relationship that help predict fidelity and stability. Topics featured in this book include: Couple relationships when one partner has an acquired physical disability.

Couple Relationships in a Global Context

This book examines the significance of the couple relationship in the 21st century, exploring in depth how couple relationships are changing in different parts of the world. It highlights global trends and cultural variations that are shaping couple relationships. The book discusses diverse relationships, such as intercultural couples, same sex couples, long distance couples, polygynous marriages, and later life couples. In addition, chapters offer suggestions for ways to best support couples through policy, clinical practices, and community support. The book also investigates aspects of a relationship that help predict fidelity and stability. Topics featured in this book include: Couple relationships when one partner has an acquired physical disability. Impact of smartphones on relationships. Online dating and its implications for couple relationships. Assessment and intervention in situations of infidelity and non-monogamy. Parenting interventions for the transition from partnership to parenthood. Online couple psychotherapy to support emotional links between long distance partners. Couple Relationships in a Global Context is an essential resource for researchers, professors, and graduate students as well as clinicians and practitioners in family therapy, clinical psychology, general practice/family medicine, social work, and related psychology and medical disciplines.

Understanding Personal Relationships

heterosexual ) from non - intimate relationships ( work , professional service , conflict , neighbour ) , on the basis ... While some clusters now show cultural homogeneity , with a single group of relationships across cultures , others ...

Understanding Personal Relationships

Understanding Personal Relationships introduces readers to the new interdisciplinary field of personal relationships. It does so by integrating central themes from the fields of social psychology, sociology, clinical psychology and family studies. In a comprehensive, bibliographic essay, the editors give an overview of the growth of the field and predict future areas of research and clinical practice. Early chapters deal with some of the theoretical issues in the study of personal relationships, while other contributors discuss the motivational issues in relationships. Five chapters examine specific types of relationships: those which are established (like marriage); those which are in a state of transition; those which are under stress; and those which have broken. Through its breadth of coverage and the presentation of writers from several different disciplines, this volume conveys the spirit of pioneering and practical optimism that characterizes the new interdisciplinary approach to understanding personal relationships.

Social Psychology Across Cultures

Existing relationships Cross - cultural studies of existing intimate relationships are scarce indeed . Ting - Toomey ( 1991 ) asked large samples of students in the USA , France and Japan to make ratings about their current relationship ...

Social Psychology Across Cultures


The Fake Crystal Diamond

This small volume book is a collection of short stories involving real lives across continents and cultures.

The Fake Crystal Diamond

This small volume book is a collection of short stories involving real lives across continents and cultures. It addresses the general subject of most of them--finding and keeping love in our lives in the form of intimate relationships with lots of disappointments that is a commonplace experience across cultures and continent. A significance of the story of handing over a fake diamond that directly means a fake love. This most extraordinary book explores the quest for relationship across culture and the disappointments and shock or hurts that people encounter as they try to find an everlasting relationship and love as people define the marriage and love they want or desire. This is an exhilarating piece of writing that shows that a real relationship of marriage requires matching based on values. This is a significant shift from the romantic idea that is so dominant in our culture but unsustainable in real life. To rely exclusively on romance does not fulfill all one's needs; it leads you to fall into unconsciousness. There are other aspects of affection worth cultivating--devotion, friendship, commitment, trust, reliability, unselfishness, support, lack of greed. Love is something that all cultures need and want. When they get it, it's totally outside their control when they get what they feel they desire. In our narcissistic culture of surfaces a vast majority of men tend to feel or believe that the world revolves around them and that they are the center of attraction at least in this modern world in some cultures men are nurtured to be promiscuous, and it is tolerated.