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Macmillan Higher Education Palgrave Higher Education

The Psychology of Relationships

ISBN 9780230249417
Publication Date October 2010
Formats Paperback Ebook 
Publisher Palgrave
Series Palgrave Insights in Psychology series

Relationships are central to our lives, influencing our health, sense of identity and happiness.

In this accessible introduction, Willerton looks at how we develop and maintain relationships, piecing together insights that span health, social interaction, evolutionary origins and developmental psychology.

Whatever your level of study or interest, this engaging discussion reveals how psychology can enhance your understanding of personal relationships.

JULIA WILLERTON is Associate Lecturer at the Open University, UK. She is a Senior Examiner for a major exam board and has co-authored successful AS-Level and A-Level textbooks.

The Evolutionary Basis of Human Relationships
Developing Relationships
Regulating Relationships
Individual Differences in Relationships
Effects of Relationships
Perspectives in Relationships
Research Methods in Relationships


Willerton offers a clear and well written text that provides a good introduction to social relationships. The description of theory is particularly clear. I recommend it for those studying Psychology at A-level and as an introductory text for undergraduate students.' – David Sheffield, Reader in Biological and Health Psychology, Staffordshire University
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