Relationship Maintenance Strategies and Dialectical Contradictions in Personal Relationships

  title={Relationship Maintenance Strategies and Dialectical Contradictions in Personal Relationships},
  author={Leslie A. Baxter and Eric P. Simon},
  journal={Journal of Social and Personal Relationships},
  pages={225 - 242}
  • L. Baxter, E. Simon
  • Published 1 May 1993
  • Psychology
  • Journal of Social and Personal Relationships
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