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Moving Beyond Self-InterestPerspectives from Evolutionary Biology, Neuroscience, and the Social Sciences$
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Stephanie L. Brown, R. Michael Brown, and Louis A. Penner

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780195388107

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195388107.001.0001

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Caregiving in Adult Close Relationships

Caregiving in Adult Close Relationships

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14 Caregiving in Adult Close Relationships
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Moving Beyond Self-Interest
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Ellen Berscheid

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195388107.003.0061

The lion’s share of caregiving behavior takes place in the context of close, interdependent, interpersonal relationships, which usually are of significant duration. Thus, the relationship context of caregiving behavior needs to be taken into consideration in developing theories of human caregiving and in deriving hypotheses for empirical research. Caregiving in the relationship context historically has been viewed as an important variety of love. Because relationship scholars have only recently turned their attention to this type of love and its role in the quality and duration of a close relationship, the caregiving love construct remains in need of adequate conceptualization. An examination of the many different names caregiving love has been given over the years reveals the issues that must be confronted in the course of explicating this construct in the service of advancing human caregiving theory and research.

Keywords:   caregiving, interpersonal relationships, love

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