Gender and Close Relationships: An Introduction

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  • Barbara A. Winstead,

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    1. Old Dominion University
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      BARBARA A. WINSTEAD is Professor of Psychology at Old Dominion University. Her research interests include the characteristics of social interactions that alleviate stress and the influence of gender on clinical diagnoses and treatment. She is an advisory editor for Contemporary Psychology, and she has co-edited two books, Friendship and Social Interaction and Personality: Contemporary Theory and Research. She is also co-author of the recently published book, Psychotherapy as a Personal Relationship.

  • Valerian J. Derlega

    1. Old Dominion University
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      VALERIAN J. DERLEGA is Professor of Psychology at Old Dominion University. His research interests include self-disclosure, personal relationships, and sex roles. He is on the Editorial Boards for the Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, Journal of Social and Clinical Psychology, and Journal of Nonverbal Behavior. He has co-edited Self-Disclosure: Theory, Research, and Therapy and Personality: Contemporary Theory and Research; and he has recently co-authored Psychotherapy as a Personal Relationship and Self-Disclosure.


Department of Psychology, Old Dominion University, Norfolk, VA 23529-0267.

Abstract

The articles in this JSI issue focus on how gender, gender role identity, and attitudes toward gender roles may affect the nature of relationships and how relationships may affect an individual's gender (including, behaviors, attitudes, and self-perceptions). Though the focus is mainly on heterosexual relationships and U.S. samples, research on lesbian/gay and parent-child relationships as well as same-sex friendships and relationships in different cultures are examined. Meanings of commonly used terms in research on gender are clarified and we summarize each article briefly. General themes that emerge from the articles are discussed.

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