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COUN 523 Seminar on Close Relationships (3 credits)
Reviews and discusses research and theory on the psychology of close relationships. This course is designed to introduce the student to the scientific literature on close relationships. Students will learn about theory and findings for different stages of close relationships including initiation, maintenance, and dissolution. Conflict and conflict resolution, communication styles, the impact of relationships on mental and physical health, and negative aspects of relationships, such as abuse and divorce, among other topics, will be examined. Romantic relationships will be the primary focus, but family relationships and friendships will also be covered. Implications for therapy and further research will be explored.