Open access peer-reviewed Edited Volume

Interpersonal Relationships

Martha Peaslee Levine

Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center


Influences Power Differential Family Work Ways to Improve Challenges Element of Trust Pathological Forms Personality Trait/Disorders Power Differential Communication Styles Social Distancing

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An interpersonal relationship takes many forms and are influenced by many factors. Recently social distancing, fueled by the COVID 19 pandemic, has demonstrated the importance of interpersonal relationships as new tools are being used to try and maintain connections. Relationships have been forged from early in human history as a way to survive, a way to ensure that the population continues and as a way for emotional connection and support. At times, though, interpersonal relationships can become dangerous and destructive, such as when power differentials within the relationship are abused or threats/manipulation are used to maintain the relationship. Interpersonal relationships can also evolve and change over a lifetime, such as when children have to negotiate new relationships with their parents as they move from childhood, through adolescence, to adult, and sometimes to caregiver.

Can we learn tools to improve interpersonal relationships? How do certain communication or conflict resolution styles affect interpersonal relationships? How have interpersonal relationships been affected by the internet and other forms of technology? There are many questions that we can ask about interpersonal relationships and all topics will be considered. The goal of this book is to bring new insights into the nature of interpersonal relationships in an ever-changing world.

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Book initiated and editor appointed

Date completed: June 15th 2020

Applications to edit the book are assessed and a suitable editor is selected, at which point the process begins.

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Deadline Extended: Open for Submissions

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Deadline for full chapters: September 4th 2020

Once approved by the academic editor and publishing review team, chapters are written and submitted according to pre-agreed parameters

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Review results due: November 23rd 2020

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Expected publication date: January 22nd 2021

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About the editor

Martha Peaslee Levine

Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center

Dr. Levine is an associate professor of Pediatrics, Psychiatry, and Humanities at the Penn State College of Medicine. She teaches Humanities to students through all 4 years of their medical training and encourages them to consider how we perceive others and how this can affect the doctor-patient relationship. Through her work within the field of eating disorders, she often tackles the way women are viewed and the challenging expectations that they struggle against. She also recognizes the importance that interpersonal relationships can have on individuals as they struggle with their illnesses or garner supports to fuel their recoveries. Previously her interests have led her to function as an editor for two different books dealing with Beauty. Yet, in this world, interpersonal relationships are often what can add beauty to our lives or can add pain if they turn ugly. Dr. Levine welcomes proposals on all topics that intersect with the theme of Interpersonal Relationships. By learning more about our relationships, we can learn more about ourselves.

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