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Keith E. Davis

Distinguished Professor Emeritus
Department of Psychology
University of South Carolina

Office: Barnwell 241
Phone Number: (803) 348-4507 (cell) (803) 771-7254 (home)
Email: daviske@mailbox.sc.edu
Website: http://src6.cas.sc.edu/psyc11/sites/default/files/keith.pdf

Trained at Duke University in social psychology (Ph. D., 1963), Dr. Keith E. Davis was a member of Edward E. Jones’s laboratory that made the initial development of attribution theory. Subsequently he taught at Princeton, the University of Colorado, Boulder, and Rutgers University before coming to the University of South Carolina. At USC, he served as Department Chair, Interim Dean and University Provost before returning to full-time faculty position in 1979.


His research has focused on the development of intimate relationships (friendship and love), social support and health, and relationship violence including stalking. He has published over 110 articles and book chapters and co-edited 6 (% in the Advances in Descriptive Psychology series. books.  Some of his publications and his measure of the characteristics of friendship and love relationships (the RRF) have been translated into all the major European languages, Chinese, and Japanese.  His work on attachment theory helped to establish it as one of the primary theories of adult romantic relationships. As a result of his contact with Peter G. Ossorio at Colorado, he has been active as an author and editor in promoting a constructivist view of psychology as a behavioral science through the development of Descriptive Psychology. He has served as the co-editor of Advances in Descriptive Psychology, associate editor of Personal Relationships,executive editor of Journal of Social Psychology, and on the editorial boards of the  Journal of Social & Personal Relations, , and Violence & Victims, and reviewed articles for all the major US social and personality journalsHe has also served as a grant reviewer for The Canada Council, The Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO), Social Sciences, NSF, NICHHD, & NIMH.

Work in Progress

Two Concepts of Love-2014 version

Emotional Abuse of Women-2014

Guidelines for book reviews for JSP

RRF--Measures of Friendship & Love


Representative Publications:

Davis, K. E., Frieze, I. H., & Maiuro, R. D. (2002). Stalking: Perspectives on victims and perpetrators. NY: Springer.

Coker, A. L., Davis, K. E., Arias, I., Desai, S., Sanderson, M., Brandt, H., & Smith, P. H. (2002). Physical and mental health consequences of intimate partner violence in men and women. American Journal of Preventive Medicine, .

Davis, K. E., Coker, A. L., & Sanderson, M. (2002). Physical and mental health effects of being stalked for men and women. Violence and Victims, 17(4), 429-444.

Davis, K. E. (2006). Stalkers and their Worlds. In K. E. Davis & R. M. Bergner (Eds.), Advances in Descriptive Psychology (Vol. 8, pp. 326-347). Ann Arbor, MI: Descriptive Psychology Press.

Davis, K. E. & Mechanic, M. B. (2008). Stalking victimization: Managing its consequences. In C. Mitchell (Eds.), Intimate Partner Violence: A Bio-Psycho-Social Approach. New York: Oxford University Press.

Driscoll, R. H., Davis, K. E., & Lipetz, M. E. (1972). Parental interference and romantic love: The Romeo and Juliet effect. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 24, 1-10.

Levy, M. B., & Davis, K. E. (1988). Lovestyles and attachment styles compared: Their relations to each other and to various relationship characteristics. Journal for Social and Personal Relationships, 5, 439-471.

Davis, K. E. (1985). Near and dear: Friendship and love compared. Psychology Today, 19(2), 22-30. [Translated and reprinted in the French, German, and Italian editions of Psychology Today.].

Kirkpatrick, L. A. & Davis, K. E. (1994). Attachment styles, gender, and relationship stability: A longitudinal analysis. Journal of Personality & Social Psychology, 66(3), 502-512. (translated into German, Italian, and Hebrew).

Davis, K. E., Kirkpatrick, L. A., Levy, M. B., & O'Hearn R. (1994). Stalking the elusive lovestyle: Attachment styles, lovestyles, and the prediction of relationship outcomes, (pp. 179-210). In R Erber & R. Gilmour (Eds.), Theoretical frameworks for personal relationships. Hillsdale, NJ: LEA, Inc., Publishers.

Kaats, G., & Davis, K. E. (1970). The dynamics of sexual behavior of college students. Journal of Marriage and the Family, 32, 390-399.

Kaats, G., & Davis, K. E. (1971). Effects of volunteer biases in studies of sexual behavior and attitudes. Journal of Sex Research, 7(1), 26-34.

Driscoll, R., & Davis, K. E. (1971). Sexual restraints. Journal of Sex Research, 7(4), 253-262.

Davis, K. E., & Kaats, G. R. (1972). The social psychology of human sexual behavior. In L. Wrightsman (Eds.), Social psychology for seventies. Belmont, CA: Brooks/Cole, pp. 548-580.

Davis, K. E., & Braucht, G. N. (1973). Exposure to pornography, character, and sexual deviance: A retrospective survey. Journal of Social Issues, 19, 184-196.