Cooperative Courtship: Helping Friends Raise and Raze Relationship Barriers

  title={Cooperative Courtship: Helping Friends Raise and Raze Relationship Barriers},
  author={Joshua M. Ackerman and Douglas T. Kenrick},
  journal={Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin},
  pages={1285 - 1300}
Do people help each other form romantic relationships? Research on the role of the social environment in relationship formation has traditionally focused on competition, but this article investigates novel patterns of cooperation within courtship interactions. Drawing on a functional/evolutionary perspective, women are predicted to cooperate primarily in building romantic thresholds and barriers; men are predicted to cooperate primarily in achieving romantic access. In support of these… 

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