Academic journal article Journal of Marriage and Family

Close Relationships: A Sourcebook

Academic journal article Journal of Marriage and Family

Close Relationships: A Sourcebook

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Close Relationships: A Sourcebook. Clyde Hendrick and Susan S. Hendrick (Eds.). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage. 2000. 476 pp. ISBN 0-76191605-9. $92.95 cloth.

When I first picked up this book, the words formidable and imposing immediately came to mind. Anyone who studies or follows the area of close relationships knows it is an unwieldy beast. Even the thought of attempting a sourcebook of close relationship scholarship requires substantial fortitude. Deciding how to encompass and parse this world of such diverse perspectives, methods, and disciplines is a feat in itself. Clyde Hendrick and Susan Hendrick have accomplished this elegantly by dividing the 26 chapters into four domains: relationship methods, forms, processes, and threats. They cast a broad net in terms of the relationships they included-from children's friendships to close relationships in old age, with much in between-and the scholars chosen as contributors. This ensures that everyone will find much of interest in this volume and almost certainly something new.

An exemplar of the intellectual breadth and depth of this work can be found in the thought-- provoking foreword by Ellen Berscheid. Berscheid argues that relationship science is the closest modern-day incarnation of what the father of positivism, Comte, called the "capstone science." The 26 chapters take us on a tour of the development of the science of close relationship and the challenges remaining. One of these challenges lies in what is clearly also an asset-the diversity of perspectives and methods. The pair of chapters on methods highlights this diversity. Deborah Kashy and Maurice Levesque's chapter on quantitative methods is an accessible discussion of how to manage interdependency in relationship data. …

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