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Friendship Maintenance
Friendship maintenance

After it has started one is still faced with having to make the friendship work.

—Harré (1977, p. 341)

In the words of Duck (1994), “‘Relationship maintenance’ refers generally to the vast unstudied void in relational research—that huge area where relationships continue to exist between the point of their initial development (which has been intensively studied) and their possible decline (which has also been studied but somewhat less intensively)” (p. 45). The purpose of this chapter is to discuss the studies that have begun to fill this vast void in order to glean what knowledge there is about the process of making friendships “work.” As Eidelson (1980) has shown, early on in a relationship, satisfaction is high and the future looks bright. However, inevitably ...

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