Substantial personal relationship research has examined how network support affects romantic development and ignored the process by which romantic partners actively seek and attempt to enhance support from network members. Partners' accounts of their responses to network opposition were analyzed through constant comparative methods to identify strategies reportedly used to marshal network support for their romantic relationships. The resulting support marshaling typology was interpreted within a social contextual framework. Two themes are described in the typology. The first indicated that participants attempted either to enhance network support through approach strategies or to evade increasing network opposition through avoidance strategies. The second theme reflected participants' reports of either explicating their support marshaling efforts to members or keeping their efforts to marshal support hidden from network members. The typology suggests that network support is important for romantic partners, but equally central, perhaps, is maintaining balance in their social networks.
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