Motives to Remain Platonic, Equity, and the Use of Maintenance Strategies in Opposite-Sex Friendships

  title={Motives to Remain Platonic, Equity, and the Use of Maintenance Strategies in Opposite-Sex Friendships},
  author={Susan J. Messman and Daniel J. Canary and Kimberley S. Hause},
  journal={Journal of Social and Personal Relationships},
  pages={67 - 94}
This study examined maintenance strategies used by hetero-sexual participants in opposite-sex friendships. Individual reasons for adhering to a platonic relational definition and equity were used to predict maintenance behaviors. Factor analyses revealed six reasons for maintaining opposite-sex friendships as platonic: Not Attracted, Network Disapproval, Time Out, Safeguard Relationship, Third Party, and Risk Aversion. Relying on equity theory, we also investigated maintenance strategies of… 

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