Dyadic closeness in marriage: From the inside story to a conceptual model

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Despite considerable attention devoted to theory and research on close relationships, the construct of dyadic closeness has remained vague. This article attempts to clarify the concept of closeness in couple relationships and presents a conceptual model of "dyadic closeness." Qualitative analysis of detailed interviews indicates that dyadic closeness is perceived as a whole, indivisible, and rewarding experience. It may be conceptualized by three major distinctions: A relatively stable relationship trait versus a fluctuating situational state; emotional versus physical closeness; and the constructed meanings of closeness versus its expressions.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)627-644
Number of pages18
JournalJournal of Social and Personal Relationships
Issue number5
StatePublished - Oct 2007


  • Closeness
  • Conceptual map
  • Marital relations
  • Qualitative research

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology
  • Communication
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Sociology and Political Science


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