Personal Relationships: Their Structures and Processes

Personal Relationships: Their Structures and Processes

Personal Relationships: Their Structures and Processes

Personal Relationships: Their Structures and Processes

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It is an honor to contribute to the succession of distinguished books based on the MacEachran Memorial Lecture Series, sponsored by the Department of Psychology at the University of Alberta. I gave the fourth lectures in this series on March 27 to 29, 1978, and have spent the four months since preparing them for this book. When invited to give the lectures, I decided to combine a description of my own recent research on young couples with a proposal for a theoretical framework for viewing such relationships. In the execution the second purpose has become the dominant one. My research has proven to be suggestive of some of the necessary key concepts in the theoretical analysis. However, the research was not done with this total framework in mind, so it cannot be considered in any sense a "test" of the concepts.

With regard to the theoretical analysis, the reader will realize that this is a progress report--an account of ideas that are still in the progress of development. I am confident that the starting point of the analysis is a good one. The ideas take account of what are certainly the central phenomena of the personal relationship. I also have a good deal of confidence in the long-term viability of the types of concepts adopted for analyzing these phenomena. I am less sure of . . .

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