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Weak Ties

  • By: Karen L. Fingerman
  • In: Encyclopedia of Human Relationships
  • Edited by: Harry T. Reis & Susan Sprecher
  • Subject:Interpersonal Relationships, Group Processes/Dynamics, Close Relationships

Weak ties are best defined in contrast to strong ties. Strong ties involve relationships with intimate social partners. Researchers have devoted considerable attention to close relationships and have linked these ties to lower morbidity and mortality throughout life. Yet, people also ...

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