Essay Plan for Breakdown of Relationships

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Essay plan 3 ­ Two explanations for the breakdown of s
REASONS FOR BD: Define Duck (1999)
Lack of skills ­ not satisfying ... Duck (1991) poor
conversationalist conversationalist etc. = unrewarding
Lack of stimulation ­ justification to end /have affair
$stim Baxter (1994) ­ boredom/no future = justification to end
$skill/stim Boekhout et al (1999) affairs are direct reaction to LOsk/st,
m) sexual rea m) sexual reasons [boredom/variety] ... f) emotional reasons
reasons [unhappiness/incompatibility]
Synoptic - Age bias = undergrads, can't generalise, less exp
RWA)) $skill Cina et al (2003) - After CCET training, higher marital Q
Synoptic - Sample ­ real couples, high mundane realism
$stim Brehm & Kassin (1996) - F) BD due to emotional unhappine
unhappiness ... M) due to sexual withholding
Maintenance difficulties ­ strained (from > in daily contact)
$ Shaver (1985) ­ Uni often causes BD
Synoptic - Mobile society ­ people get around this, more do LD
W Holt & Stone (1988) ­ little > in sat if reunite regularly
Synoptic - Method ­ hard to test, ethics ­ separation & privacy
MODEL OF BD: Define Rollie & Duck (2006)
Breakdown (dissatisfaction with )
Intrapsychic processes (Social withdrawal, focus on p's faults
and costs)
Dyadic (Discuss discontents, reassessment of future)
Social (Going public, seeking support, building alliances)
Grave-dressing (Tidy up mems, stories for diff audiences)
Resurrection (Recreate social value of self, expectations for
future s)
$ GD&R Tashiro & Frazier (2003) ­ B/Up of undergrads, reported personal
growth growth as well as distress, new insights into self and ideas for
future p future partner
Synoptic - Age bias ­ undergrads, less exp
RWA)) Implication for intervention (how the could be saved)
e.g. Intrapsychic stage- re-establish liking by putting positive light on
ps behap's behaviour OR Social ­ others help to patch up
W Akert (1998) ­ Diff in m/f reaction to break ups so model can't able
to be applied to everyone ­ f) stay friends ... m) cut losses & move on


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