The Role of the Relationship in Marital Decision Making

Published on Jan 1, 1989
· DOI :10.1007/978-1-4612-3516-3_2
David A. Kenny73
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David A. Kenny105
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Linda K. Acitelli23
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Social behavior can be construed as relational in the sense that it is manifested by people in relation to other people. Ironically, the study of dyadic relationships has typically been individual-centered rather than relationship-centered. Often studies examine a single individual’s views of, reactions to, and behavior toward another. Many times the other is an imaginary person or is a confederate who has been instructed to behave in a prespecified way. Sometimes the other is a real person like the subject, but the two persons are strangers who have no relational history. Even when persons are studied who have a relationship, all too often only one person is studied. Studying relationships with these procedures cannot possibly result in a complete understanding of relational processes. Much of supposedly dyadic research is really the study of individual processes.
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