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Social Penetration Theory

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

What happens as individuals move through the different stages of a personal relationship—from being strangers, to acquaintances, to close friends, or, perhaps, to romantic partners? Social penetration theory, developed by Irwin Altman and Dalmas Taylor in 1973, provides a ...

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