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SOCIAL EXCHANGE THEORY
There are several different versions of SET, but underlying them all is the view that people are
selfish. Homans (1974) believes that people view their feelings for others in terms of profits- that
is, the rewards obtained from the relationships minus the costs. The greater the rewards…

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RESEARCH

-Rusbult (1983) asked participants to complete questionnaires over a 7 month period concerning
rewards and costs associated with relationship, finding that SET did not explain the early
`honeymoon' phase of a relationship when balance of exchanges was ignore. However, later on,
relationship costs were compared to the degree of…

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