Gay and Lesbian Couples: Voices from Lasting Relationships

By Bernard A. O'Brien; Eileen F. Mackey et al. | Go to book overview

Contents
Figuresxi
Prefacexiii
Acknowledgmentsxv
1. Introduction1
One Couple's Story: Kate and Kristin3
Development of Relationships over Time16
Summary19
2. Roles21
Role Models22
Relational Roles31
Summary40
3. Relational Fit43
Complementarity to Symmetry44
Trust and Respect48
Understanding and Sensitivity52
Equity57

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents vii
  • Figures xi
  • Preface xiii
  • Acknowledgments xv
  • 1 - Introduction 1
  • 2 - Roles 21
  • 3 - Relational Fit 43
  • 4 - Decision Making 67
  • 5 - Conflict 93
  • 6 - Intimacy 119
  • 7 - Social Supports 139
  • 8 - Relationships Are Relationships 157
  • Appendix A: Methodology 177
  • Appendix B: Interview Guide 181
  • Bibliography 187
  • Index 199
  • About the Authors 203
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