Theodore M. Newcomb and the acquaintance process: A commentary

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Comments on an article by T. M. Newcomb (see record 1980–05433–001), giving a summary of Newcomb's career and commending the type of study which he alone conducted for many years. These studies were done in natural settings with Ss indigenous to those settings, involved little or no intervention by the experimenter, were long term, and studied the interdependency of variables rather than simple cause-and-effect relations. Newcomb's work could provide the “new methodological paradigm” which many social psychologists are calling for. (3 ref) (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved)

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