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Outline and evaluate two theories of the maintenance of relationships

Social Exchange Theory (SET) is one explanation of the maintenance of relationships. It assumes that
all social behaviour is a series of exchanges where individuals attempt to maximise their rewards and
minimise costs. Exchange refers to when an individual receives…

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It is also difficult to define rewards and costs precisely and these can be subjective and so individual
differences may apply as what may be a reward to one person, another may feel it is a cost.

SET also doesn't account for cultural differences as Moghaddam suggests that these theories…


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