Integrating multiple time-scales to advance relationship science

Saeideh Heshmati, David A. Sbarra, Lizbeth Benson

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It is widely acknowledged that social relationships unfold across multiple time-scales. For example, social interactions that take place over moments, hours, or days also shape relationship change and outcomes over months, years, and even decades. These processes likely unfold in the reverse direction as well: experiences over longer-term timeframes may shape how people interact on a moment-to-moment basis. The increasing availability of intensive longitudinal data and measurement burst designs, as well as creativity in the contexts and modes of data collection--including social media, text messages, and event-contingent sampling--have exploded the possibilities for advancing knowledge on social relationships across multiple time-scales. The aim of this issue is to forward methodological innovations, empirical findings, and future directions in relationship science through the study of social and personal relationships across multiple time-scales.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1069-1078
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Social and Personal Relationships
Issue number4
StatePublished - Apr 2023


  • Relationship science
  • close relationships
  • dyadic longitudinal analysis
  • intensive longitudinal data
  • multiple time-scales
  • social relationships

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology
  • Communication
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Sociology and Political Science


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