Interactive Motifs and Processes in Old Age Friendship

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Rebecca G. Adams, Professor (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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Abstract: This chapter focuses on the connections between interactive motifs and dyadic and network structure and process. Cognitive, affective, and behavioral motifs reveal individuals’ propensities to think, feel, and act in certain ways across situations and contexts. Applied to relationships, these interactive motifs reflect how individuals evaluate, respond to, and engage with other people. Thus motifs act as mediators between individual characteristics and the friendship patterns that emerge when partners engage with one another. The chapter analyzes research on older adult friendship to illustrate fundamental aspects of each interactive motif and show how these motifs are expressed through cognitive, affective, and behavioral interactive processes that influence friendship outcomes at the dyadic and network levels. The chapter concludes with discussion and empirical examples of how research on interactive motifs suggests evidence-based approaches for interventions aimed at sustaining psychological well-being.

Additional Information

Psychology of Friendship, edited by M. Hojjat and A. Moyer
Language: English
Date: 2017
affective, process, behavioral, cognitive, friendship, pattern, interactive, motif, old, age

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