- Conceptualizing and Measuring Intimacy 230
- Intimacy Processes 232
- Intimate Relationships 236
- Implications for Clinical Practice 241
- General Conclusions 242
If intimacy is one of the most often discussed aspects of relationship functioning, then there are good reasons. It is the distinguishing mark of a person's most important and valued relationships. It is predictive of the highest levels of satisfaction, love, and trust as well as perhaps the primary reward of closeness (Prager, 1995).
Equally compelling, intimate contact is a powerful determinant of individual health and well-being. People seek intimate confidants during times of stress and find that confiding buffers them from its pathogenic effects. ...