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Change Processes in Relationships
A Relational-Historical Research Approach

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  • Date Published: June 2006
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  • isbn: 9780511217944

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  • Just as each person develops from infancy to adulthood, all interpersonal relationships have a life history that encompasses the changes in how people communicate with each other. This book is about how a relationship transforms itself from one pattern of communication to another. The authors present a unique research method called 'relational-historical research', based on advances in dynamic systems theory in developmental psychology, and qualitative methods in life history research. It rests on three premises: that the developing relationship (not the individual) is the unit of analysis; that change emerges from, but is not entirely constrained by, the patterns of the past; and that the developmental process is best revealed by making frequent observations within a particular case before, during, and after a key developmental transition. Looking specifically at the mother–infant relationship, this is a compelling piece of research that will appeal to an international audience of intellectuals and practitioners.

    • Presents research on change that had never been done before
    • Introduces a novel research method - the relational-historical approach - that can be applied to any kind of interpersonal relationship
    • Professor Fogel has an international reputation
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    "By reading this book, one can obtain a tangible advancement in the theoretical understanding of early infant development, with a focus on the social relations we all first encounter with our caregivers." - PsycCritiques Francis C. Staskon

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    • Date Published: June 2006
    • format: Adobe eBook Reader
    • isbn: 9780511217944
    • availability: This ISBN is for an eBook version which is distributed on our behalf by a third party.
  • Table of Contents

    Prologue: overview of the research problem and summary of findings
    1. Relationships as developing systems: theoretical foundations
    2. Mother-infant relationship development in the first six months: from face-to-face play to object play
    3. Relational-historical research on development change
    4. Relational-historical research: the case study approach, frame analysis, qualitative and quantitative analysis
    5. Research propositions about relationship change process
    6. Research methods for the current investigation: subjects, procedures, and data analysis
    7. Results of the current investigation: quantitative analysis of developmental changes in relationship frames and in infant actions
    8. Results of the current investigation: qualitative analysis of Richard and his mother
    9. Results of the current investigation: qualitative analysis of Betsy and her mother
    10. Results of the current investigation: qualitative analysis of Lewis and his mother
    11. Results of the current investigation: qualitative analysis of Susan and her mother
    12. Summary of finding on relational-historical change
    Epilogue: laws of change, implications for theory and practice.

  • Authors

    Alan Fogel, University of Utah

    Andrea Garvey, University of Utah

    Hui-Chin Hsu, University of Utah

    Delisa West-Stroming, University of Utah

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