Intimate Relationships across the Lifespan
Formation, Development, Enrichment, and Maintenance
by Abdul Khaleque
February 2018, 428pp, 6 1/8x9 1/4
1 volume, Praeger

Hardcover: 978-1-4408-6140-6
$73, 61€, A105
eBook Available: 978-1-4408-6141-3
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Intimate relationships affect all of our lives, throughout our lives, but how?

This comprehensive research-based book is a next-generation study of intimate relationships that explores implications for health and well-being across cultures, genders, and traditional as well as non-traditional relationships.

This book fills the need for a contemporary analysis of intimate relationships and their implications for people’s health, well-being, and quality of life. It covers topics not ordinarily included in textbooks on this topic, in non-traditional areas such as LGBT relationships. The text also addresses intervention strategies for relationship problems and offers tools and techniques for assessing intimate relationships.

Chapters are organized to present information about the origin, formation, development, enrichment, and maintenance of intimate relationships in a way that allows readers to build upon what they have learned. The text provides integrated and evidence-based information on almost all aspects of intimate relationships and will be of interest to undergraduate and graduate students as well as faculty in family studies, psychology, and other social sciences. Moreover, counselors, clinicians, and therapists working on conflict, violence, abuse, maladjustment, depression, deterioration, dissolution, reconstruction, and enrichment of marital and non-marital intimate relationships will find this text valuable for their practice.


  • Explores intimate relationships across ages, cultures, traditional and non-traditional relationships
  • Details the effects of intimate relationships on health, well-being, and quality of life
  • Describes research tools and methods for assessing relationships
  • Explains intervention strategies for relationship problems
Abdul Khaleque, PhD, is adjunct professor in the Department of Human Development and Family Studies at the University of Connecticut and Senior Scientist at the Ronald and Nancy Rohner Center for the Study of Interpersonal Acceptance and Rejection at the University of Connecticut. He is coauthor of The Handbook for the Study of Parental Acceptance and Rejection and has authored or coauthored some 120 research articles and 40 book chapters.


2019 IPPY Award Bronze Medal in Sexuality/Relationships—Independent Publisher, April 10, 2019

2019 IPPY Award Silver Medal in Psychology/Mental Health Category—Independent Publisher, April 10, 2019


“Written by Abdul Khaleque, who has extensively researched the topic, it was expected that this book would be exceptional—and it more than lives up to that promise. Conceived primarily for undergraduate students, the book is an invaluable resource not only for them but also for graduate students, faculties, practitioners, and general audiences… The book is well-written in a clear, straightforward, unambiguous style that is ideal for learners. . . . Intimate Relationships across the Lifespan is rare in its quality. The book is essential reading for everyone interested in the study of intimate relationships, and it is even more important to those who study interpersonal acceptance and rejection.”—Interpersonal Acceptance, September 1, 2018
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