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Close Relationships: A Sourcebook

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Close Relationships: A Sourcebook

Clyde Hendrick & Susan S. Hendrick

Pub. date: 2000 | Online Pub. Date: May 31, 2012 | DOI:http://dx.doi.org/10.4135/9781452220437 | Print ISBN: 9780761916055 | Online ISBN: 9781452220437 | Publisher:SAGE Publications, Inc.

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Chapter 21: Relational Maintenance

Kathryn Dindia

Relational maintenance Definitions of Relational Maintenance 287 Centripetal and Centrifugal Forces Affecting Relationships 289 Relational Maintenance Strategies 289 Typologies of Relational Maintenance Strategies 290 Frequency of Relational Maintenance Strategies 291 Variables Related to Relational Maintenance Strategies 291 Uniphasic versus Multiphasic Relational Maintenance Strategies 294 Routine Relational Maintenance Behaviors 295 Current Theoretical Perspectives on Relational Maintenance 296 The Investment Model 296 Relational Dialectics 297 Relational Continuity Construction Units 298 Importance of Theory and Research on Relational Maintenance 298 In this chapter, I define relational maintenance and then review the earliest and most global perspectives on relational maintenance. This is followed by a review of the research on relational maintenance strategies and, more recently, nonstrategic behaviors that function to maintain relationships. Finally, I briefly review three recent theoretical perspectives on relational maintenance: Rusbult's investment model (Rusbult & Buunk, 1993; Rusbult, Drigotas, & Verette, 1994), relational dialectics (Baxter & Montgomery, 1996), and Sigman's ...

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