Breakdown of Relationships (WJEC)

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  • Breakdown of Relationships
    • Risk Factors
      • Internal Risk Factors: Annoying personal habits/ Changes in attitudes, hobbies or interests
      • External Risk Factors: Relocating, Boredom, Conflict, Better Alternative, Infidelity, Deception, Jealousy
        • Eysenk (1990): 63% of male students & 51% of female students reported they were currently jealous
      • Personal Factors: Poor role models (parents who argue) lead to an inability to conduct relationships
      • Pre-Existing Factors: Culture, Religious Views, Educational Backgrounds
        • Marriages where people have different cultures, religious views or educational backgrounds are less stable than those who come from similar ones
    • Lee's Model of Relationship Breakdown (Based on Pre-Martial Couples)
      • Stage One: Dissatisfaction: One or both partners see problems
      • Stage Two: Exposure: Problems are brought into the open
      • Stage Three: Negotiating: Attempting to resolve problems
      • Stage Four: Resolution: Partners try to resolve problems
      • Stage Five: Termination
      • Evaluation:
        • Not all couples go through the same stages of relationship breakdown
        • Some stages are more exhausting than others
        • More emphasis on early stages where there is still hope for the relationship
    • Duck's Model of relationship breakdown (1988)
      • Stage One: Intrapsyhic Stage: Personal Thoughts: Brooding over partner's faults
      • Stage Two: Dyadic Stage: Uncertainty and Anxiety: Problems discussed
      • Stage Three: Social Phase: If not saved by now, it enters the final stage
      • Stage Four: Grave Dressing: Self - Serving Attributional Bias
      • Evaluation:
        • See's the breakdown as a stage process rather than a single step
        • Stages can be critised as they're ridged and ignore the uniqueness of the relationship
        • Addresses cognitive and behavioral aspects of relationship
        • Culturally Biased: applies to western cultures only
  • Risk Factors
    • Internal Risk Factors: Annoying personal habits/ Changes in attitudes, hobbies or interests
    • External Risk Factors: Relocating, Boredom, Conflict, Better Alternative, Infidelity, Deception, Jealousy
      • Eysenk (1990): 63% of male students & 51% of female students reported they were currently jealous
    • Personal Factors: Poor role models (parents who argue) lead to an inability to conduct relationships
    • Pre-Existing Factors: Culture, Religious Views, Educational Backgrounds
      • Marriages where people have different cultures, religious views or educational backgrounds are less stable than those who come from similar ones

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