Under studied relationships

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What relationships beyound the romantic/heterosexual and mother/child could be deemed understudied?
any relationships
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What are these relationships?
father/child, relationships with extended family, relationships with pets, work colleagues or even teacher/student relationships
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When looking at research which extends our understanding of romantic relationships what understudied group do we look out?
same sex relationships
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Why is it said that these relationships differ from heterosexual romantic relationshios?
gender difference in socialization
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Because of this, what do men and women view?
relationships and sex differently
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Therefore the dynamics of a relationship when both partners are the same sex are?
exaggerated
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What do same sex couple also appear to have?
more relationship satisfaction than heterosexual couples.
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Same sex couples report?
similar levels of lover for eachother
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However what is common within heterosexual couples?
for one partner to report higher levels of love than the other
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In terms of duration, it is said that same sex relationships apper to be?
less permanent than heterosexual relationships
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Who were two that studied this understudied relationship?
Bulmstein and Schwartz
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What did they find?
48% of lesbians and 36% of gay men broke up within 2 years
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However what was this compared to?
14% of heterosexual married couples
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What did they find about gay relationships?
less stable than lesbian relationships
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Why is this expected?
men holding views on sex and commitment in comparison to women
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Where does this supporting evidence come from?
Kurdek and Schmitt
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Who did they survey?
heterosexual and same sex couples
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About what?
age, income, education
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What was determined?
similarity and quality of the relationship
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What was found?
only same-sex couples showed a postitive correlation in terms of love for their partner
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Relationship quality was also higher for who?
lesbians
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What does this support?
that sme sex relationships have higher levels of satisfaction
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What could be questioned?
validity
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What might people do about the quality of their relationships?
lie
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due to what?
social desirability bias
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In addition what is gained via a volunteer sample?
most of this research
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what is limiting?
The type of homosexuals studied
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What becomes weaker?
support for same sex relationships having higher satisfaction levels
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What is one weakness of research into same-sex relationships?
There are ethical issues involved
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What is the research of homosexuality called?
A socially sensitive area of research
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People are reluctant to what?
participate in research
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through?
fear of embarrassment or social conequences
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What does this make the lack of participation mean?
makes it diffficult to establish a theory into same sex relationships that is both generalisable and reliable
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What is a further weakness?
researcher bias
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What would it be affected by?
lack of understanding or pre conceived stereotype
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Therefore, research relating to same sex must be?
applied cautiously
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What is another type of understudied relationship?
mediated relationships
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What is included in computer mediated communication?
text messages, email and social networking
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What does the reduced cue theory state?
CMC lacks physical cues (eye contact and body language) therefore it is less effective than face to face interaction in the development of a relationship
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What does this lack of cues lead to?
de-individuation which in turn leads to more impulsive or aggressive behaviour
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when communicating with others changing what?
the nature of relationships
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What does SIDE stand for?
Social identity model of de-individuation effects
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What does this extend to?
reduced cues theory suggests that this lack of individual identity
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How can it strengthen ones social dientity?
giving us more confidence to form new relationships
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What does this factor usually lead to?
stereotypes are limited
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What is relied on?
perceived similarities which lead to a strong social identity
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Who had produced supporting evidence for reduced cues theory?
Dubrovsky et al
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What did they find?
CMC groups were more verbally aggressive and blunt compared to those in F2F groups
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When what?
faced with tasks such as problem solving and risk assessment activities
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What does this show?
support for the idea that CMC leads to deindividuationand increased agression
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However, what might this research be?
outdated
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as more recent research implies what?
that men in particular may use more facial signals in CMC (emoticons) than they would F2F(whittyy)
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What is a limitation of research into most understudied relationships?
It is often culturally biased to more westernised technologically advanced societies.
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What are psychologists beginning to do?
to gain a better understanding of some understudied relationships
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What is it important to note?
our understanding is still limited that they remain understudied
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How can it be argued?
the information we do have is reductionist oversimplification
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That cant be what?
always be generalized to whole subgroups of society
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What needs to happen?
Further research needs to be completed into different relationships types to gain a more valid picture
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What interpersonal relationships should be studied?
grandparent and grandchild could be studied
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Why?
grandparents are becoming more involved in child care with the increase in single parent families
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