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Exchange Processes

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

Social exchange theory has been used to explain individuals' behavior across a broad range of interpersonal relationships. First proposed by sociologist George Homans in 1958, social exchange theory posits that all interpersonal interactions (e.g., romantic relationships, ...

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