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Helping Behaviors in Relationships

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

Helping behaviors are behaviors intended to benefit a relationship partner in response to an actual or perceived need; examples include the provision of social support, willingness to sacrifice, and accommodation. Helping behaviors are a type of prosocial behavior, which is a ...

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