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Irwin Altman

Irwin Altman

I study close relationships among friends, intimates and family members. In so doing, I am interested in the development of relationships, how physical environments are used in relationships (e.g., homes), and the roles of social contexts (e.g., families) in interpersonal processes. This work is based on a transactional/contextual philosophical perspective that incorporates a dialectical approach to psychological phenomena.

Primary Interests:

  • Applied Social Psychology
  • Close Relationships
  • Gender Psychology
  • Interpersonal Processes
  • Social Cognition


Journal Articles:

  • Werner, C. M., Altman, I., & Brown, B. B. (1992). A transactional approach to interpersonal relations: Physical environment, social context, and temporal qualities. Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, 9, 297-323.

Other Publications:

  • Brown, B. B., Werner, C. M., & Altman, I. (1996). Choicepoints for dialecticians: A dialectical/ transactional perspective on close relationships. In L. Baxter & B. Montgomery (Eds.), Dialectical approaches to studying personal relationships. Hillsdale, NJ: Erlbaum.

Irwin Altman
Department of Psychology
University of Utah
390 South 1530 East, Room 502
Salt Lake City, Utah 84112-0251
United States of America

  • Work: (801) 581-7109
  • Home: 801 467 9334
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