PY4 - Relationships WJEC

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Emily Hunt
PY4, Formation of Relationship
Explanations of the Dissolution of relationships
WJEC POTIENTIAL question: Discuss and evaluate explanations of the dissolution of relationships
Rollie and Duck ­ 1
Argued there are two reasons why relationships break up...
1. Predisposing factors (internal) ­ being proximity (close) to someone will show their true
colours, a person may them either distasteful or annoying.
2. Precipitating factors (external) ­ things due to the environment like job working hours,
friends/family and of course jealousy.
He also believed there were stages in which a relationship goes through before dissolution. They
may skip steps or resort back to the beginning.
Breakdown, they discover they can't go on anymore
Intra-psychic think to themselves or diary about the dissatisfaction of the relationship
Dyadic, is where you tell the partner of your dissatisfaction
Social phase, is where it becomes public, friends and family get involved.
Grave-dressing, the idea of dissolution is accepted and new focuses are made
Supported by the observations of real-life relationships, TASHIRO ANDFRAZIER (2003)
surveyed undergraduates to find out what emotion they felt at the grave dressing stage.
It is easier to see which stage a person is, of dissolution. Allowing ability to appropriately
re-evaluate the relationship.
Only seems to focus on what happens at the end of the relationship, doesn't actually identify
the break down
No mention of the impact on the person or the experience they will go through
More effective if combined with Loren Lee's model.
Lee's Model ­ 2
Loren Lee 1984 (girl)

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Lee surveyed 122 break-ups and broke the dissolution down into 5 stages, once again stages can
be skipped.
1. Dissatisfaction, one partner is no longer happy
2. Exposure, this unhappiness is then put in the open
3. Negotiation, leading to discussion
4. Resolution, then if possible there are solutions that are tested via the negotiations
5. Termination, if these solutions fail, the relationship will come to an end.
Stages E and N were the most intense and emotionally exhausting.…read more

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Helps explain why long distant relationships could work, as with today's society
communication can be made and there are more mobile transports. As long as regular
reunites are made it should function
However...…read more


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