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Emily Hunt
PY4, Psychology ­ Relationships

The benefits of being in a relationship
WJEC POTENTIAL question: Examine the benefits of relationships on the psychological well being

Increased Self-Esteem
Self-esteem is increased in many ways it's what you think of yourself whether your idea- self lives up
to your actual self.…

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Emily Hunt
PY4, Psychology ­ Relationships

2. The Buffering hypothesis

Relationships protect us from the negative effects of stressors. Described like a vaccination your
friends/family/acquaintances protect you from an infection.
Supportive evidence: DELONGIS ET AL, found people in unsupportive marriages become more ill
when faced with stressors than those in…


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