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Lee's model of relationship dissolution
In 1984, Lee devised a model of relationship dissolution which was based on his study off premarital breakdown.
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Method
After surveying 112 romantic break-ups, he suggested that such relationships went through five distinct stages.
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Stage 1 - DISSATISFACTION
One partner becomes unhappy with the relationship
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Stage 2 - EXPOSURE
One partner reveals their unhappiness to the other
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Stage 3 - NEGOTIATION
Disc ussions take place about the unhappiness
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Stage 4 - RESOLUTION
Attempts may be made to resolve the problems
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Stage 5 - TERMINATION
Where the relationship breaks down
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What does this suggest?
Lee suggested that stages 2 and 3 were the most gruelling parts of the process, and that not all rrlationships go through all five stages
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Evaluation of Duck's Model and Lee's model
The difference between Lee's model and Duck's model is that: LEE puts emphasis on the earlier stages (when it can be saved), while DUCK puts more on the beginning and end stages of the process.
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Evaluation of Duck's Model and Lee's model - WEAKNESS
Neither model can be applied universally. There are many kinds of relationship and they are all different and dont' necessarily bear any resemblance to each other as they can go through the stages at different speeds
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Evaluation of Duck's Model and Lee's model - WEAKNESS
The theories are also ETHNOCENTRIC as the theories apply more to the WESTERN CULTURE (individualistic) rather than non-westernised cultures (collectivist).
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Evaluation of Duck's Model and Lee's model - WEAKNESS
Both theories are descriptive and look at the breakdown of a relationship as a PROCESS rather than a REAL LIFE EVENT. That may be why the theories describe the process rather than going into further detail to explain why relationships break up.
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After surveying 112 romantic break-ups, he suggested that such relationships went through five distinct stages.

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