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Relational Maintenance Theories

  • By: Alan C. Mikkelson
  • In: Encyclopedia of Communication Theory
  • Edited by: Stephen W. Littlejohn & Karen A. Foss
  • Subject:General Media, Communication & Cultural Studies, Communication Theory

Relationship maintenance generally refers to a group of behaviors, actions, and activities that individuals use to sustain desired relational states (e.g., closeness and/or intimacy) and definitions (e.g., dating, best friends). Individuals in romantic relationships, cross-sex and same-sex friendships, family ...

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