Relationship Maintenance: Theory, Process, and Context

Brian G. Ogolsky (Editor), J. Kale Monk (Editor)

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Relationship maintenance encompasses a wide range of activities that partners use to preserve their relationships. Despite the importance of these efforts, considerably more empirical focus has been devoted to starting (i.e. initiation) and ending (i.e. dissolution) relationships than on maintaining them. In this volume, internationally renowned scholars from a variety of disciplines describe diverse sets of relationship maintenance efforts in order to show why some relationships endure, whereas others falter. By focusing on ‘what to do’ rather than ‘what not to do’ in relationships, this book paints a more comprehensive picture of the forms, functions, and contexts of relationship maintenance. It is essential reading for scholars and students in psychology, communication, human development and family science, sociology, and couple/marriage and family therapy.

Original languageEnglish (US)
PublisherCambridge University Press
Number of pages412
ISBN (Electronic)9781108304320
ISBN (Print)9781108419857
StatePublished - Jan 2020

Publication series

NameAdvances in Personal Relationships

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychology(all)


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