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On-Again, Off-Again Relationships

On-Again, Off-Again Relationships
Navigating (In)Stability in Romantic Relationships

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Part of Advances in Personal Relationships

  • Publication planned for: April 2020
  • availability: Not yet published - available from April 2020
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781108476058

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  • In a world where we have an endless number of options to swipe through, why do many of us repeatedly return to previous romantic partners? This book addresses this question by synthesizing the research on relationships that break up and renew (i.e. 'on-again, off-again' relationships) from various disciplines including communication, social psychology, family studies, and sociology. It explicates the various types and trajectories of on-again, off-again relationships, and uncovers how these relationships are different from those that do not split up and reconcile. Because on-again, off-again relationships challenge traditional notions of relationship stability and highlight the fluctuating nature of relationships, alternative conceptualizations of stability are also reviewed. This book is a theoretical and practical resource for researchers, students, and professionals interested in understanding why partners repeatedly reconcile with ex-partners.

    • Unpacks the definition of relationship stability
    • Offers practical applications for research on on-again, off-again relationships
    • Summarizes the key findings on how such relationships differ from ones that do not break up and reconcile
    • Highlights remaining questions and offers promising areas of additional research
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    Product details

    • Publication planned for: April 2020
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781108476058
    • dimensions: 228 x 152 mm
    • contains: 8 b/w illus. 11 tables
    • availability: Not yet published - available from April 2020
  • Table of Contents

    1. Description and prevalence of on-again/off-again relationships
    2. Differences from non-cyclical relationships
    3. Explaining on-again/off-again relationships
    4. Types and trajectories of on-again/off-again relationships
    5. Breakups, renewals, and in-between
    6. Conceptualizing (in)stability
    7. Practical applications
    8. Research agenda: potential paths of future research.

  • Author

    René M. Dailey, University of Texas, Austin
    René M. Dailey is Associate Professor in the Department of Communication Studies at the University of Texas, Austin. She received the Early Career Award from the Interpersonal Division of the National Communication Association in 2010 and the Mid-Career Achievement Award from the International Association for Relationship Research in 2018.

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