Social Psychology provides student readers with essential help with all aspects of their first course in social psychology, including advice on revising for exams, preparing and writing course assessment materials, and enhancing and progressing their knowledge and skills in line with course requirements on a social psychology course.

Close Relationships

Close relationships

Core Areas

  • Affection
  • Cognitive/balance theory
  • Dissolution
  • Equity theory
  • Evolutionary social psychology
  • Exposure and familiarity
  • Filter model
  • Interpersonal attraction
  • Learning/reinforcement
  • Physical attractiveness
  • Privacy regulation theory (PRT)
  • Proximity
  • Reciprocal liking
  • Self-disclosure
  • Similarity
  • Social affiliation model
  • Social exchange theory
  • Stimulus-value-role model

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this chapter you should be able to:

  • define the key terms;
  • outline models of affection (privacy regulation theory, social affiliation model) and the effects that lack of affiliation may have;
  • understand the different types of love;
  • outline the work of key thinkers in this area;
  • describe and ...
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