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The Mating Game is a comprehensive, multidisciplinary, introductory text about human mating relationships aimed specifically at a university audience. It progresses beyond a psychological or biological/physiological stance and encompasses a wide array of disciplines. The comprehensive review and up-to-date information contained in The Mating Game not only provides answers to questions about important life events but also encourages readers' interest in the field of interpersonal relationships and human mating.

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The Mating Game: A Primer on Love, Sex, and Marriage, Second Edition, is the only comprehensive, multidisciplinary, introductory text about human mating relationships aimed specifically at a university audience. It progresses beyond a psychological or biological/physiological stance and encompasses a wide array of disciplines. This comprehensive review of theory and empirical research takes an integrated perspective on ...

Marriage and Mate Selection
Marriage and mate selection

As discussed in Chapter 3, some romantic relationships pass beyond initial attraction and continue to develop over time until they reach a state of relative permanence; the partners become “steady” dates, they move in together, they form a civil union or domestic partnership, or they marry. In this chapter, we examine research on mate choice and on marriage, cohabiting relationships, and other forms of committed, long-term relationship. Because marriage historically has been socially and legally defined as a heterosexual relationship, much of the existing literature—and thus, much of ...

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