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Interpersonal Relationships and Health: Social and Clinical Psychological Mechanisms

Christopher R. Agnew and Susan C. South


This book considers theoretical and empirical issues relevant to understanding the social and clinical psychological mechanisms linking close relationship processes with mental and physical health outcomes. The volume arises out of a recent explosion of interest, across multiple academic and research fields, in the ways that interpersonal relationships affect health and well-being. This book focuses on different aspects of relationships and health in order to encourage both collaboration and cross-disciplinary initiatives. Topics addressed include key biological processes that influence and, i ... More

Keywords: interpersonal relationships, close relationships, physical health, mental health, psychoneuroimmunology, social psychology, clinical psychology, sexual health

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780199936632
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2014 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199936632.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Christopher R. Agnew, author
Purdue University

Susan C. South, author
Purdue University

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Part One Introduction

Interpersonal Relationships and Health

Christopher R. Agnew and Susan C. South

Part Two Biology of Interpersonal Relationships

Chapter 2 On Marriage and the Heart

Timothy W. Smith, Carolynne E. Baron, and Catherine M. Caska

Chapter 4 Divorce and Health Outcomes

David A. Sbarra, Widyasita Nojopranoto, and Karen Hasselmo

Part Three Marital, Family, and Social Relationships, and Health and Well-Being

Chapter 5 It Sometimes Takes Two

Mary Ann Parris Stephens, Rachel C. Hemphill, Karen S. Rook, and Melissa M. Franks

Chapter 7 Intimate Partner Violence

Christopher M. Murphy, Amber E. Q. Norwood, and Gina M. Poole

Chapter 8 Interparental Conflict and Children’s Mental Health

E. Mark Cummings, Kalsea J. Koss, and Rebecca Y. M. Cheung

Chapter 11 Personality Effects on Risky Sexual Behavior

M. Lynne Cooper and Ruixue Zhaoyang

Part Four Summary

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