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The Breakdown of Romantic Relationships
REASONS FOR BREAKDOWN OF ROMANTIC RELATIONSHIPS (DUCK)
LACK OF SKILLS (DUCK)
Limited interpersonal skills to make relationship mutually satisfying.
BOEKHOUT ET AL: Infidelity often caused by lack of skills and/or
stimulation. Women = Emotion. Men = Sex. (As cause).
LACK OF STIMULATION
BAXER: lack of stimulation (e.g boredom) often talked about when
e.g Distance, going off to University, army.
ROHLFING: Found 70% of people had long distance friendships. 90%
Long distance romance.
HOLT + STONE: Long distance relationships worked when regularly
(REALWORLD) CINA ET AL: Relationship training (CCET) = Higher
MODEL OF BREAKDOWN (DUCK + ROLLIE)
BREAKDOWN: One partner becomes dissatisfied. `I can't stand this person
INTRAPHYSIC: Withdraws, broods on other's faults and relationship costs. `I'd
be justified withdrawing'.
DYADIC: Confronting partner.
SOCIAL PROCESSES: Other people become involved Inevitable.
GRAVEDRESSING PROCESSES: Person constructs representation of
relationship that avoids putting them in a bad light.
RESURRECTION PROCESSES: Build on experiences and move on.
EMPHASISES COMMUNICATION = GOOD.
TASHIRO AND FRAZER:
Support. Found undergradutes in breakups often reported going
through the last two stages.
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