- Definitions of Relational Maintenance 287
- Centripetal and Centrifugal Forces Affecting Relationships 289
- Relational Maintenance Strategies 289
- Routine Relational Maintenance Behaviors 295
- Current Theoretical Perspectives on Relational Maintenance 296
- Importance of Theory and Research on Relational Maintenance 298
In this chapter, I define relational maintenance and then review the earliest and most global perspectives on relational maintenance. This is followed by a review of the research on relational maintenance strategies and, more recently, nonstrategic behaviors that function to maintain relationships. Finally, I briefly review three recent theoretical perspectives on relational maintenance: Rusbult's investment model (Rusbult & Buunk, ...