Timothy J. Loving


Faculty Research AssociatePh.D., Purdue University

Associate Professor of Human Development and Family Sciences
Timothy J. Loving

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Dr. Loving is primarily interested in the relationship support process. Specifically, he investigates the reasons for, and consequences of, romantically involved individuals' conversations with their social network members about the romantic relationship. Current projects include assessment of the amount and type of contact dating participants have with the different components of their social network as well as the extent to which close relationships and friendships ameliorate versus exacerbate psychological and physiological stress responses to various situations (e.g., separation from a partner, discussion of the current state of the relationship, etc.). Additional projects, in collaboration with others, include a prototype analysis of the experience of missing a romantic partner as well as a longitudinal study of singles and changes in their ideals as they attempt to find a romantic partner.

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