Dating. Courtship. These words evoke great interest in nearly
reader. In Courtship, the authors explore courtship research,
particular attention to differences between relationship
and deterioration and courtship development and deterioration.
describe factors that affect the later course of marriage, trace
historical roots of courtship in America, discuss various models
courtship that have guided research in this area for the past 40
years, examine circumstantial factors that discriminate between
stable and unstable premarital relationships, explore the "dark
of courtship--violence between dating partners--and reveal the
processes involved in the dissolution phase of premarital
relationships. The volume concludes with a look at the future
courtship as an institution and suggestions for further research.
Provocative and thoughtfully presented, Courtship is directed to
advanced undergraduate students, graduate students and
in psychology, communication, sociology, family studies, and
"This volume should have broad appeal for both students and
professionals. It is clearly and carefully written, and draws on
scholarship from several relevant disciplines. The authors do an
outstanding job of summarizing extant research in a fashion that
digestible to undergraduate students, yet useful to the
researcher. Cate and Lloyd have painted a coherent and
picture of a broad and difficult phenomenon. Their synthesis
be useful in helping to establish a sound agenda for future
on mating and dating."
"This volume of the Sage Series on Close Relationships provides
cogent, concise, and highly readable overview of courtship.
the book's brevity, one is favorably surprised by the amount and
depth of material covered. . . . Many insights are offered. . .
inclusion of the darker side of dating relationships is a
addition. . . . Chapters . . . weave a scholarly narrative with
expertise that the reader may come away with the feeling of
read a well-written and well-documented historical novel. . . .
authors are to be commended for their articulate and insightful
coverage of this aspect of relational life. Regardless of
discipline, students of personal relationships would benefit
from this review."
--Journal of Marriage & The Family