Academic journal article Family Relations

Handbook of Interpersonal Commitment and Relationship Stability

Academic journal article Family Relations

Handbook of Interpersonal Commitment and Relationship Stability

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Adams, J. M., & Jones, W. H. (Eds.). (1999). Handbook of Interpersonal Commitment and Relationship Stability. New York: Kluwer Academic/Plenum. 532 pages. ISBN 0-306-4618-X. Price: $125.

It is surprising, given the significant interest and increase in research on close relationships, that work on interpersonal commitment has lagged behind work on other relationship variables, such as conflict and love. In recent decades, studies have been undertaken to assess commitment, to investigate other relationship variables closely related to commitment, or to offer preliminary models and frameworks for understanding commitment, yet the expansion of commitment research has lacked organization and focus. Jeffrey Adams and Warren Jones recognized this need to summarize and integrate this research. The Handbook of Interpersonal Commitment and Relationship Stability is the result of their insight and efforts.

The handbook is an exhaustive 532-page volume consisting of 29 chapters organized in six sections sandwiched between an introduction and conclusion. It is the first publication to systematically address the extant commitment research and to provide direction for future studies. The monumental task of orchestrating the work of 53 contributors from at least four disciplines and any number of subspecialties within these disciplines (e.g., social and clinical psychology) is a formidable one indeed. Adams and Jones have produced an important reference book for students, researchers, and anyone who is interested in commitment as a concept worthy of scholarly examination.

The handbook offers the first comprehensive review of theoretical, conceptual, and empirical issues pertaining to commitment and relationship stability. It not only integrates research and theory, but also applies this substantive integration to therapy and other related practical issues. The introductory chapter provides a foundation for the rest of the text with a succinct outline of the historical context for the study of interpersonal commitment. Chapters are grouped around common themes in the six subsequent sections. Each chapter is well documented and thorough in its attention to a particular topic. …

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