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Close Relationships and Happiness across Cultures

  • Melikşah Demir
  • Nebi Sümer

Part of the Cross-Cultural Advancements in Positive Psychology book series (CAPP, volume 13)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Emre Selcuk, Ayse Busra Karagobek, Gul Gunaydin
    Pages 1-18
  3. Hidefumi Hitokoto, Yukiko Uchida
    Pages 19-39
  4. Meagan A. Ramsey, Karena M. Moran, Angela G. Pubal, Amy L. Gentzler
    Pages 41-54
  5. Hung-Kit Fok, Sheung-Tak Cheng
    Pages 55-67
  6. Agnaldo Garcia, Fábio Nogueira Pereira, Julia S. N. F. Bucher-Maluschke
    Pages 69-85
  7. Orit Taubman – Ben-Ari, Shirley Ben Shlomo, Liora Findler
    Pages 87-103
  8. Immaculée Mukashema, Aslı Bugay, Etienne Mullet
    Pages 185-199

About this book


This volume focuses explicitly on close relationships as a reliable source for individual happiness and well-being across cultures. The work in this volume addresses theoretical issues and presents new cross-cultural data in the study of close relationships and happiness. Experts from different parts of the world provide in-depth, authoritative reviews and new findings on the relationship between various types of close bonds (e.g., intimate, marital, friendship, grandparent) and happiness in a variety of cultures. An ideal resource for researchers and students of relationship science and positive psychology, this rich, clear, and up-to-date book serves as an important reference for academicians in related fields of psychology such as cross-cultural, social, and developmental.


Close Relationships Culture Differences and Close Relationships Friendships and Happiness Happiness and Well-Being across Cultures Happiness in Different Cultures Individual Relationships Mental Health and Close Relationships Parental Relationships and Happiness Quality of Social Bonds and Happiness Relationships and Happiness in Asia Relationships and Happiness in Europe Relationships and Happiness in North America Relationships and Happiness in Sfrica Relationships and Happiness in South America Relationships and Happiness in the Middle East Romantic Relationships and Happiness Security and Social Support Sibling Relationships and Happiness

Editors and affiliations

  • Melikşah Demir
    • 1
  • Nebi Sümer
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Psychological SciencesNorthern Arizona UniversityFlagstaffUSA
  2. 2.Department of PsychologyMiddle East Technical UniversityAnkaraTurkey

About the editors

Melikşah Demir is an Associate Professor of Psychological Sciences at Northern Arizona University (Flagstaff, AZ, USA). He earned his Master’s and Doctoral degrees in Developmental Psychology at Wayne State University. His main research interests are friendship and happiness. His past work focuses on how and why various friendships experiences are associated with happiness in different cultures. His current research program addresses methodological issues in the assessment of friendship and includes the validation of new constructs tapping into various aspects of subjective experience within friendships (specifically, perceived friendship uniqueness and inspiration in the friendship). He is currently serving as an associate editor for the journal Emerging Adulthood. 

Nebi Sümer is a Professor of Psychology at Middle East Technical University
(METU) in Ankara, Turkey. He received his Master’s degree in Developmental Psychology from Hacettepe University in Ankara, and Doctoral degree in Social Psychology from Kansas State University. He was a visiting Fulbright professor at Cornell University in 2011-2012. Sümer is a social developmental psychologist with research interests in close relationships, aberrant driver behaviors, and the effects of unemployment. His research on close relationships mainly focuses on the cultural aspects of attachment across the lifespan, maternal sensitivity, and parenting behaviors. He has been involved in several national and international projects funded by the Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey (TUBİTAK) and European Commission. Sümer has also held a number of academic administrative positions including Department Chair, Vice President of METU Northern Cyprus Campus, and served as a consultant and scientific committee member in many national and international organizations, such as the Turkish National Police Traffic Safety Research Center and European Federation of Psychologists’ Associations. He is a member of Turkey’s Science Academy Association.

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