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So Far and Yet So Close: Predictors of Closeness in Local and Long-Distance Relationships
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by Helen Lee Lin and C. Raymond Knee - University of Houston
Categories: Adjustment & Coping | Social
Predictors of closeness in local (LRs) and long-distance relationships (LDRs) were examined by surveying 205 college students (145 in local, 60 in long-distance). Mean differences between the groups emerged on usage of communication channels and attitudes toward LDRs. Positive attitudes toward LDRs, social support from one's partner, and social support from friends were among several factors found to be marginally significant predictors of closeness for those in LDRs. The relationships between closeness and social support from friends, social support from other people, and communication by telephone were all moderated by type of relationship. Similar findings emerged in an examination of coping strategies, and the use of some coping techniques were more predictive of closeness in LDRs than in LRs.