Theories and Formation of Romantic Relationships

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Theories & Formation of Romantic Relationships
A01 Studies A02/3
Contact Contact
More contact = more attraction Festinger et al ­ found people in same halls =
Most contact used to be mainly more likely to become friends due to more
face-to-face contact
Now more people use social networking
sites to meet people
Festinger et al ­ found people in same halls
= more likely to become friends due to
more contact
Physical attraction Physical attraction
Plays some role in attraction Murstein (1972) ­ matched hypothesis
Architectural ­ facial features, body size We tend to go for someone with similar
Dynamic ­ how people dress levels of attraction
Studies 99 real couples and compared them
with randomly paired couples
Real couples were found to have similar/ the
same level of attraction
Randomly paired couples = found to have
less similar/ same level of attraction than the
real couples
Similarity of attitudes Similarity of attitudes
Interests, hobbies become important Hill et al (1976) ­ similarity in race, class and
relation in couples and friends was found,

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Byrne ­ Law of attraction: the idea that which supports the idea that similarities do
how much we like someone is directly play some role within our lives and who we
related to how similar our attitudes are become friends with or form an relationship
Singh and Ho (2000) suggest that with
differences in attitudes can lead to us
disliking people.…read more

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well partners fit together & meet
eachother's needs.…read more

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