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Role Theory and Relationships

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

Role theory is an attempt to understand human relationships as a set of blueprints for interacting. The basic idea is that, in any encounter, individuals are never dealing with the whole person, but with the person in a “status” or social ...

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