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DUCK (1999)'S 3 REASONS FOR
RELATIONSHIP BREAKDOWN
Lack of skills
Lack of stimulation
Maintenance problems
· Individual may lack · One of the rewards of a · In some circumstances
interpersonal skills relationship is relationships become
needed in order to have stimulation. The lack of strained due to not
a relationship. Poor it can be a reason for being able to see the
social skills = not good relationships breaking partner enough. E.g.
at making conversation, down when going to uni.
not good at showing · People thinking their · The relationship may
interest, supplies relationship is either break down because of
unrewarding boring or not going this overwhelming strain
interactions anywhere can be used · Some romantic
· Relationship may break to justify the end of a relationships can be
down because partner relationship because strong enough to
thinks they're not people expect overcome pressures of
interested, relationships to change reduced contact
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EVALUATING DUCK (1999)'S 3 REASONS
FOR RELATIONSHIP BREAKDOWN
Supporting Discrediting
· Boekhout et al (1999) ­ affairs could · The three reasons don't account
be a result of lack of skills or for gender differences. Women =
stimulation in the current unhappiness and incompatibility
relationship. Lack of stimulation = are reasons for breakup and they
more likely to be used by males and want to remain friends. Men =
lack of skills = more likely to be used
by women. sexual withholding is reason for
breakup and don't want to
remain friends.
· Couples Coping Enhancement
Training has been developed
because of the importance of social · Holt and Stone (1988) barely a
skills in relationships. It aims to decrease in relationship
improve communication and satisfaction so long as lovers can
problem solving skills and has been reunite regularly.
shown to increase marital quality.…read more

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Breakdown
One partner is dissatisfied with the relationship. It's the first step in the
breakdown
Intrapsychic Brooding focus on the relationship where the partner doesn't
Process express dissatisfaction to their partner but may express their
dissatisfaction in other ways e.g. write in diary
Dyadic People confront their partners and discuss their
Processes feelings and the future. The relationship could be
saved.
Social Family and friends get involved.
Processes May speed up the breakdown
Individual constructs a
Grave-
Dressing representation of the failed
Processes relationship that makes them look
good.
Partners redefine
Resurrection themselves for a new
Processes relationship ­ learning
from past mistakes.
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EVALUATING
ROLLIE AND DUCK (2006)'S BREAKDOWN
MODEL
The model shows how important
Tashiro + Frazier (2003) ­ communicating is in a relationships Research into relationship breakdown
observed real life breakups and breakdown. can have various ethical issues :
found although people got protection from harm, privacy and
Listening to how people speak about confidentiality. Protection from harm ­
distressed they also their relationship during its breakdown participants may be distressed
experienced personal growth. helps to indicate what stage people thinking back on a past relationship.
Through grave dressing and are in on the breakdown model. Privacy ­ relationships ending are
resurrection processes they put By establishing what stage of the intensely personal. Confidentiality-
the original relationship to rest model a couple are in the appropriate because relationships are so personal
and could get on with their lives strategy of repair can be used. if research is published it needs to be
E.g. intrapsychic stage = re- certain participants identity won't be
establishing what an individual likes revealed by the published information.
about their partner…read more

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