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Contextual Influences on Relationships

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

Studying personal relationships requires that researchers focus attention on agency. Relationships do not just happen. They are built through people's actions or, more accurately, through their interactions over time. They are, in other words, active constructions consequent in part ...

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