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Intimacy pp 175-201 | Cite as

A Social Learning Approach to Intimacy

  • Gayla Margolin

Abstract

At first glance, it may appear incongruous that behavior therapy, with its emphasis on the application of learning principles derived from general experimental psychology, would make a contribution to the understanding of intimacy. Yet, in the past dozen years, a major thrust in behavior therapy, or more accurately, the clinical application of social learning theory, has been the study and enhancement of intimate adult relationships. This chapter aims to convey the social learning perspective of intimacy by delineating the behavioral formulation of intimate dyadic relationships and by reviewing procedures for the assessment and the amelioration of relationship difficulties that evolved from this model. A review of the social learning literature points out that marital relationships have been the target for the exploration of intimacy. The material presented in this chapter continues within the focus, albeit limited, of viewing intimacy as a goal between marital partners.

Keywords

Social Learning Relationship Satisfaction Marital Satisfaction Emotional Expressiveness Marital Conflict 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Gayla Margolin
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of PsychologyUniversity of Southern CaliforniaLos AngelesUSA

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