Social Exchange Theory
-All social behaviour is due to exchanges. Maximise rewards and minimise costs. Rewards minus costs equals the outcomes.
-We build a comparison level which is based on our past relationships and our view on other people's relationships. See them as attractive if they exceed our comparison level.
-Used to explain why some women choose to stay in abusive relationships. Investments high and alternatives low could be considered a profit situation.
-Comparison level could be how people deal with potential alternatives.
-People involved in relationships asked to rate people in terms of attractiveness.. those who were in relationships gave lower ratings.
-SET does not explain why some poeple leave relationships despite having no alternatives.
-Criticised for docusing too…