Ellen Berscheid, Elaine Hatfield, and the Emergence of Relationship Science

  title={Ellen Berscheid, Elaine Hatfield, and the Emergence of Relationship Science},
  author={Harry T. Reis and Arthur Aron and Margaret S Clark and Eli J. Finkel},
  journal={Perspectives on Psychological Science},
  pages={558 - 572}
In the past 25 years, relationship science has grown from a nascent research area to a thriving subdiscipline of psychological science. In no small measure, this development reflects the pioneering contributions of Ellen Berscheid and Elaine Hatfield. Beginning at a time when relationships did not appear on the map of psychological science, these two scholars identified relationships as a crucial subject for scientific psychology and began to chart its theoretical and empirical territory. In… 
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