Psychology of Adjustment: The Search for Meaningful Balance combines a student focus with state-of-the-art theory and research to help readers understand and adjust to life in a context of continuous change, challenge, and opportunity. Incorporating existential and third wave behavioral psychology perspectives, the authors emphasize the importance of meaning, mindfulness, and psychologically-informed awareness and skill. An inviting writing style, examples from broad ethnic, cultural, gender, and geographic areas, ample pedagogical support, and cutting-edge topical coverage make this a psychological adjustment text for the 21st century.

Romance and Intimacy
Romance and Intimacy
Learning Objectives
  • Describe the characteristics of early romantic attraction and casual sexual arrangements.
  • Describe the characteristics of committed partnerships, including the role of sexuality.
  • Discuss ways in which gay and lesbian relationships are similar to and different from relationships among heterosexual couples.
  • Discuss reasons for infidelity and methods of recovery.
  • Discuss trends in intimate partner violence (IPV).
  • Identify relationship maintenance behaviors and outcomes.

Teresa was a 25-year-old who had spent the past 7 years of her life working a full-time job and putting herself through school. After receiving her associate’s degree, she transferred to a 4-year university to receive her bachelor’s degree in accounting. Working full-time and going to school part-time left very little time for a social life, much less dating. While Teresa was ...

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