Essay Plan for Maintenance of Relationships

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This is an abbreviated essay plan which i used in preparation for my A2 Psychology exam for the AQA exam board.

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Essay plan 2 ­ Two explanations for the maintenance of s
SOC EX THEORY: Define Thibaut & Kelley (1959)
Profit & Loss [maximise rewards minimise costs] =exchanges
$ Rusbult & Martz (1995) ­ women who stay in abusive s
because situation is because sit still profitable (if alts are low and invests high)
Synoptic - Gender bias = what about men?
Behavioural/reductionist = bio reason (prot) for staying?
Comparison level [expers & expects] & CL for alternative
$ Simpson et al (1990) ­ reduce threats by giving lower
Synoptic ­ Method = self report, social desirability
W Duck & Sants (1983) ­ Too much focus on ind's perspective,
I instead of social aspects of like communication
W Selfish, hedonistic nature of theory
Synoptic ­ Culture bias = non w) cs are not selfish Moghaddam
W Doesn't explain why some leave s with no alternative
W How great a diff in CL must there be to become dissat?
EQUITY: Define Walster et al (1978)
Inequity & Distress ... give lots/rec little & give little/rec lots
Messick & Cook (1983) ­ strive to achieve fairness in s
Ratio of inputs & outputs ­ NOT equality, need to restore: 3
$ Stafford & Canary (2006) ­ sat highest in eq > overben p
Synoptic - Behavioural = easily test 2 vs, estab cause and effect
Real couples = high mundane realism
Method = Self report, appear `happily married' - norms
W Clark & Mills (1979) ­ Not all about economics, e
exchange [R&C] communal s [needs/balance out]
W DeMaris (2007) ­ Only W feeling under-benefited mattered
RWA)) research into women when looking at sat
Synoptic - Method = self report, exaggeration
Culture bias = can't generalise to non w) cs ­others needs
W Ragsdale & Brandau-Brown (2007) ­ Reject eq as key in
"An incomplete rendering of the way in which married
people behave with respect to each other"
G W Steil & Weltman (1991) ­ m/f judge ineq diff

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