Psych 592A -- The Psychology of Close Relationships
Fall 2007


Instructor: Prof. Carolyn Cutrona
Address: Institute for Social and Behavioral Research
2625 N. Loop Dr. Suite 500
and W159 Lagomarcino Hall
Phone: 294-6784
E-mail: ccutrona@iastate.edu
Office Hours: At ISBR: 1:00 - 3:00 Mondays; 2:00 to 4:00 on Thursdays (Call or email ahead, please)
At Lago: by appointment
Class time and location: Tues, Thurs 3:40 - 5:00 in Kildee 107
Class Website: http://www.psychology.iastate.edu/faculty/ccutrona/psych592a/

Course Syllabus


ASSIGNED READINGS

August 21 and 23Instructor is out of town; No class.

 

THEORIES OF CLOSE RELATIONSHIPS

 August 28 – CLASSIC THEORIES

           Hazan, C., & Shaver, P. (1987).  Romantic love conceptualized as an attachment process.  Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 52, 511-524.

Rusbult, C. E.,  Drigotas, S. M., & Verett, J. (1994).  The Investment Model. In D. J. Canary & L. Stafford (Eds.) Communication and relational maintenance (pp. 115-139).  New York:  Academic Press.

 

MENTAL HEALTH AND RELATIONSHIPS

August 30 – DSM-V and Relationship Problems

Beach, S. R. H., Wamboldt, M. Z., Kaslow, N. J., Heyman, R. E., & Reiss, D. (2006).  Describing relationship problems in DSM-V:  Toward better guidance for research and clinical practice.  Journal of Family Psychology, 20, 359-368.

 

Whisman, M. A., & Uebelacker, L. A. (2006).  Impairment and distress associated with relationship discord in a national sample of married or cohabiting adults.  Journal of Family Psychology, 20, 369-377.

 

CURRENT TRENDS IN RELATIONSHIPS

 September 4 –COHABITATION

Cherlin, A. J. (2004).  The deinstitutionalization of American marriage. Journal of Marriage and Family, 66,  848-861.

 

Rhoades, G. K., Stanley, S. M., & Markman, Howard J. (2006).  Pre-engagement cohabitation and gender asymmetry in marital commitment.  Journal of Family Psychology, 20, 533-560.

 

Stanley, S. M. et al. (2006).  Sliding Versus Deciding:  Inertia and the Premarital Cohabitation Effect.  Family Relations, 55, 499-509.

 

September 6 -  ISBR Showcase; No Class

 

September 11MARRIAGE AND DIVORCE – PROBLEM OR NOT?

 

Goldstein, J. R. (1999).  The leveling of divorce in the United States.  Demography, 36, 409-414.

 

Coltrane, S., & Adams, M. (2003).  The social construction of the divorce “problem”:  Morality, child victims, and the politics of gender.  Family Relations, 52, 363-372.

 

Huston, T., & Melz, H. (2004).  The case for (promoting) marriage:  The devil is in the details.  Journal of Marriage and Family,66, 943-958.

 

 

September 13 - – SAME-SEX RELATIONSHIPS AND FAMILIES

 

Kurdek, L. A. (2006).  Differences between partners from heterosexual, gay, and lesbian cohabiting couples.  Journal of Marriage and Family, 68, 509-528.

Patterson, C. J. (2000).  Family relationships of lesbians and gay men.  Journal of Marriage and the Family, 62, 1052-1069.

September 18 – GLBT Panel

Peplau, L. A. (2001).  Rethinking women’s sexual orientation:  An interdisciplinary relationship-focused approach.  Personal Relationships, 8, 1-19.

 

QUALITY IN INTIMATE RELATIONSHIPS

 

September 20 – NEW TRENDS IN THE STUDY OF MARRIAGE

 

Fincham, F. D., Stanley, S. M., & Beach, S. R. H. (2007).  Transformative processes in marriage:  An analysis of emerging trends.  Journal of Marriage and Family, 69, 275-292.

September 25 ACCOMMODATION

 

Rusbult, C. E.., Verett, J., Shitney, G. A., Slovik, L. F., & Lipkus, I. (1991).  Accommodation processes in close relationships:  Theory and preliminary empirical evidence.  Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 60, 53-78.

Stanley, S. M., Whitton, S. W., Sadberry, S. L., Clements, M. L., & Markman, H. J. (2006).  Sacrifice as a predictor of marital outcomes.  Family Process, 45, 289-303.

September 27 –FORGIVENESS

 

Fincham, F. D., Hall, J., & Beach, S.R.H. (2006).  Forgiveness in marriage:  Current status and future directions.  Family Relations, 55, 415-427.

McCullough, M. E., Bono, G., & Root, L. M. (2007).  Rumination, emotion, and forgiveness:  Three longitudinal studies.  Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 92, 490-505.

Finkel, E. J., Burnette, J. L., & Scissors, L. S. (2007).  Vengefully ever after:  Destiny beliefs, state attachment anxiety, and forgiveness.  Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 92, 871-886.

 


 

October 2 – FORGIVENESS INTERVENTIONS

 

Wade, N. (2005).  But do they work?  A meta-analysis of group interventions to promote forgiveness.  In E. L. Worthington (Ed.) Handbook of Forgiveness, New York:  Brunner Rutledge.

Reed, G. L., & Enright, R. D. (2006).  The effects of forgiveness therapy on depression, anxiety, and posttraumatic stress for women after spousal emotional abuse.  Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 74, 920-929.

 

October 4 – RELIGIOSITY AND MARRIAGE

Sullivan, K. T. (2001).  Understanding the relationship between religiosity and marriage:  An investigation of the immediate and longitudinal effects of religiosity on newlywed couples.  Journal of Family Psychology, 15, 610-626.

Lambert, N. M., & Dollahite, D. C. (2006).  How religiosity helps couples prevent, resolve, and overcome marital conflict.  Family Relations, 55, 439-449.

 

October 9 – SOCIAL SUPPORT

Bolger, N., Zuckerman, A., & Kessler, R. C. (2000).  Invisible support and adjustment to stress.  Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 79, 953-961.

Cutrona, C. E., Russell, D. W., & Gardner, K. A. (2005).  The relationship enhancement model of social support. In T.A. Revenson, Kayser, K., & Bodenman, G. (Eds.) Couples coping with stress. (pp. 73-96). Wash. D.C.:  American Psychological Association.

 

October 11 – COGNITIVE FACTORS IN MARITAL QUALITY

Berger, A. R., & Janoff-Bulman, R. (2006).  Costs and satisfaction in close relationships:  The role of loss-gain framing.  Personal Relationships, 13, 53-68.

Fletcher, G. J. O., Simpson, J. A., & Thonmas, G. (2000).  Ideals, perceptions, and evaluations in early relationship development.  Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 79, 933-940.

Lemay, E. P., Clark, M. S., & Feeney, B. C. (2007).  Projection of responsiveness to needs and the construction of satisfying communal relationships.  Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 92, 834-853.

 

October 16OTHER PREDICTORS OF MARITAL QUALITY

Gupta, S. (2007).  Autonomy, dependence, or display? The relationship between married women’s earnings and housework.  Journal of Marriage and Family, 69, 399-417.

Yeh, H.C., Lorenz, F. O., Conger, R. D., Wickrama, K.A.S., & Elder, G. H. (2006).  Relationships among sexual satisfaction, marital quality, and marital instability at midlife.  Journal of Family Psychology, 20, 339-343.

Spotts, E. L., Prescott, C., & Kendler, K. (2006).  Examining the origins of gender differences in marital quality:  A behavior genetic analysis.  Journal of Family Psychology, 20, 605-613

 

PROBLEMS IN RELATIONSHIPS

 

October 18:  DEMAND-WITHDRAW PATTERNS IN COMMUNICATION

Eldridge, K. A., Sevier, M., Jones, J., Atkins, D. C., & Christensen, A. (2007).  Demand-withdraw communication in severely distressed, moderately distress, and nondistressed couples:  Rigidity and polarity during relationship and personal problem discussions.  Journal of Family Psychology, 21, 218-226.

 

Vogel, D., Murphy, M. J., Werner-Wilson, R. J., Cutrona, C. E., & Seeman, J. (2007).  Sex differences in the use of demand and withdraw behavior in marriage:  Examining the social structure hypothesis.  Journal of Counseling Psychology, 54, 165-177.

 

October 23 – CONFLICT PATTERNS

Gottman, J. M., Coan, J., Carrere, S., & Swanson, C. (1998).  Predicting marital happiness and stability from newlywed interactions.  Journal of Marriage and the Family, 60, 5-22.

Kim, H. K., Capaldi, D. M., & Crosby, L. (2007).  Generalizability of Gottman and colleagues’ affective process models of couples’ relationship outcomes.  Journal of Marriage and Family, 69, 55-72.

October 25–INFIDELITY

Whisman, M. A., Gordon, K. C., & Catav, Y. (2007).  Predicting sexual infidelity in a population-based sample of married individuals.  Journal of Family Psychology, 21, 320-324.

Gordon, K. C., Baucom, D. H., & Snyder, D. K. (2004).  An integrative intervention for promoting recovery from extramarital affairs.  Journal of Marital and Family Therapy, 30, 213-231.

 

October 30-  DOMESTIC VIOLENCE

Keenan-Miller, D., Hammen, C., & Brennan, P. (2007).  Adolescent psychosocial risk factors for severe intimate partner violence in young adulthood.  Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 75, 456-463.

Frye, N. E., & Karney, B. R. (2006).  The context of aggressive behavior in marriage:  A longitudinal study of newlyweds.  Journal of Family Psychology, 20, 12-20.

 

November 1 –  DOMESTIC VIOLENCE

Fergusson, D. M., Horwood, L. J., & Ridder, E. M. (2005).  Partner violence and mental health outcomes in a New Zealand birth cohort.  .  Journal of Marital and Family Therapy,670, 1103-1119.

Babcock, J. C., Green, C. E., & Robie, C. (2004).  Does batterers’ treatment work?  A meta-analytic review of domestic violence treatment.  Clinical Psychology Review, 23, 1023-1053.

 

RELATIONSHIP INTERVENTIONS

 

November 6 – Preventing relationship problems

Duncan, S. F., Holman, T. B., & Yang, C. (2007).  Factors associated with involvement in marriage preparation programs.  Famkly Relations, 56, 270-278.

Adler-Baeder, F., Kerpelman, J. L., Schramm, D. G., Higginbotham, B., & Paulk, A. (2007).  The impact of relationship education on adolescents of diverse backgrounds.  Family Relations, 56, 291-303

November 8 –  Preventing relationship problems

Markman, H. J., Renick, M. J., Floyd, F. J., Stanley, S. M., & Clements, M. (1993).  Preventing marital distress through communication and conflict management training:  A 4- and 5- Year Follow-Up. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 61, 70-77.

Schulz, M. S. Cowan, C. P., & Cowqan, P. A. (2006).  Promoting healthy beginnings:  A randomized controlled trial of a preventive intervention to preserve marital quality during the transition to parenthood.  Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 74, 20-31.

 

November 13 –  Student Presentations

 

November 15 – Student Presentations

 

November 20 and 22 – Thanksgiving Break

 

November 27 – Student Presentations

 

November 29 – Student Presentations

 

December 4 – Student Presentations

 

December 6 – Student Presentations

 

DECEMBER 10 – TERM PAPERS DUE