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Discuss psychological theories of the maintenance and breakdown of romantic
relationships. (9 marks + 16 marks)

There are no clear boundaries of where a relationship stops forming and starts to be maintained.
Rewardneed theories argue that longterm relationships are more
likely to be formed and maintained if the relationship meets…

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researchers in this and other studies are biasing the findings and neglecting other possible
explanations. Hence the theory may be an "artefact of the methodology".

The equity model seems to explain maintenance and breakdown of western relationships, but is less
effective in collectivist non western cultures or in cultures where…

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