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- Network Overlap and Related Measures of Interconnectedness 34
- Third-Party Effects on Close Relationships 39
- Conclusion 44
In this chapter, we explore how social network theory can be a productive means of accounting for significant social experiences, with an emphasis on conditions or outcomes that characterize primary partners (e.g., spouses) and their relationships. Social networks, or an individual's array of close associates including friends and kin relations, serve as a social context in which relationships develop. Network theory, which emphasizes the importance of social context, ...