Russo & Valeri to Present Research at EPA

Can Closeness Established Experimentally impact Friendship Development and Homesickness? by Chris Russo & Robin Valeri

Using Aron, et. al.'s., (1997) manipulation of interpersonal closeness, the present research examined the impact of experimentally induced closeness (high vs. low) between two unacquainted college classmates (n = 32) on feelings of closeness and homesickness both immediately following the manipulation and approximately one month later.  Participants in the high closeness condition reported feeling significantly closer to their partner immediately following the manipulation. No other significant effects were found immediately following the manipulation or one month later.