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August 2018
Cambridge University Press


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Interpersonal Emotion Dynamics in Close Relationships

Edited by: 
Ashley K. Randall
Dominik Schoebi

Emotions play a powerful role in close relationships. Significant progress has been made in understanding the temporal features of emotions associated with the development and maintenance of close relationships across the lifespan. This advancement has revealed further questions: which theories help conceptualize interpersonal emotion dynamics? What are the ways researchers can assess and model these dynamics? How do interpersonal emotion dynamics manifest in different close relationships? And do these emotion dynamics contribute to the maintenance or dissolution of relationships? This book addresses these and other questions by bringing together state-of-the-art perspectives from scholars widely recognized for their contributions to the study of emotions in relationships. Each chapter defines interpersonal emotion dynamics, reviews methodological or empirical work, and offers important directions for future research. This volume will be a valuable resource for students, researchers, and practitioners interested in understanding the role of emotions in relationships.


Ashley K. Randall is associate professor of counseling and counseling psychology in ASU's College of Integrative Sciences and Arts. Randall serves on the editorial boards for Emotion, the Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, and The Counseling Psychologist.

Praise for this book

"Timely, important and well-conceived, this volume addresses a critical topic and does so with great dexterity and depth. The contributors are a stellar group, and the book's chapters are likely to become the go-to source for researchers and those interested in understanding the complex dynamics of emotion in close relationships."

Marc Schulz
Rachel C. Hale Professor in Science and Mathematics, Director of the Clinical Developmental Psychology Program, Bryn Mawr College