Managing relationship decay: Network, gender and contextual effects.

Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10034/604623
Title:
Managing relationship decay: Network, gender and contextual effects.
Authors:
Roberts, Sam G. B.; Dunbar, Robin I. M.
Abstract:
Relationships are central to human life strategies and have crucial fitness consequences. Yet, at the same time, they incur significant maintenance costs that are rarely considered in either social psychological or evolutionary studies. Although many social psychological studies have explored their dynamics, these studies have typically focused on a small number of emotionally intense ties, whereas social networks in fact consist of a large number of ties that serve a variety of different functions. In this study, we examined how entire active personal networks changed over 18 months across a major life transition. Family relationships and friendships differed strikingly in this respect. The decline in friendship quality was mitigated by increased effort invested in the relationship, but with a striking gender difference: relationship decline was prevented most by increased contact frequency (talking together) for females but by doing more activities together in the case of males.
Affiliation:
University of Chester; University of Oxford
Citation:
Roberts, S. G. B. & Dunbar, R. I. M. (2015). Managing relationship decay: Network, gender and contextual effects. Human Nature, 26(4), 426-450. DOI: 10.1007/s12110-015-9242-7
Publisher:
Springer
Journal:
Human Nature
Publication Date:
21-Oct-2015
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/10034/604623
DOI:
10.1007/s12110-015-9242-7
Additional Links:
http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007%2Fs12110-015-9242-7
Type:
Article
Language:
en
Description:
The final publication is available at Springer via http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s12110-015-9242-7
EISSN:
1936-4776
Appears in Collections:
Psychology

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dc.contributor.authorRoberts, Sam G. B.en
dc.contributor.authorDunbar, Robin I. M.en
dc.date.accessioned2016-04-06T09:29:01Zen
dc.date.available2016-04-06T09:29:01Zen
dc.date.issued2015-10-21en
dc.identifier.citationRoberts, S. G. B. & Dunbar, R. I. M. (2015). Managing relationship decay: Network, gender and contextual effects. Human Nature, 26(4), 426-450. DOI: 10.1007/s12110-015-9242-7en
dc.identifier.doi10.1007/s12110-015-9242-7en
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10034/604623en
dc.descriptionThe final publication is available at Springer via http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s12110-015-9242-7en
dc.description.abstractRelationships are central to human life strategies and have crucial fitness consequences. Yet, at the same time, they incur significant maintenance costs that are rarely considered in either social psychological or evolutionary studies. Although many social psychological studies have explored their dynamics, these studies have typically focused on a small number of emotionally intense ties, whereas social networks in fact consist of a large number of ties that serve a variety of different functions. In this study, we examined how entire active personal networks changed over 18 months across a major life transition. Family relationships and friendships differed strikingly in this respect. The decline in friendship quality was mitigated by increased effort invested in the relationship, but with a striking gender difference: relationship decline was prevented most by increased contact frequency (talking together) for females but by doing more activities together in the case of males.en
dc.language.isoenen
dc.publisherSpringeren
dc.relation.urlhttp://link.springer.com/article/10.1007%2Fs12110-015-9242-7en
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dc.subjectRelationship maintenanceen
dc.subjectEmotional closenessen
dc.titleManaging relationship decay: Network, gender and contextual effects.en
dc.typeArticleen
dc.identifier.eissn1936-4776en
dc.contributor.departmentUniversity of Chester; University of Oxforden
dc.identifier.journalHuman Natureen
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