Family Intimacy Measures

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Abstract

“Intimacy is a term that, despite its widespread use, remains relatively ambiguous” (Hirschberger, Florian & Mikulincer, 2003, p.676). This sentence underlines the difficulty to define, and to measure family intimacy. Indeed, measuring family intimacy involves taking into account both several dimensions of the construct, and different level of analysis. In the literature, several definitions of intimacy have been provided (Erikson, 1963; Reis & Shaver, 1988; Sullivan, 1953), Often intimacy is defined using terms as cohesion, closeness, support, trust, self-disclosure, responsiveness, presence, interdependence, positivity (Foley & Duck, 2006).
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEncyclopedia of Quality of Life and Well-being Research
Pages2184-2186
Number of pages3
Publication statusPublished - 2014

Keywords

  • FAMILY INTIMACY
  • MEASUREMENT

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