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Robert M. Milardo & Heather Helms-Erikson

In: Close Relationships: A Sourcebook

Chapter 3: Network Overlap and Third-Party Influence in Close Relationships

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Network Overlap and Third-Party Influence in Close Relationships
Network overlap and third-party influence in close relationships
Robert M.Milardo
HeatherHelms-Erikson

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, ...

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