Wk. 10, Lect. 1 - Integration

Wk. 10, Lect. 1 - Integration - Psychology 137C Intimate...

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Unformatted text preview: Psychology 137C: Intimate Relationships Integration REMINDERS: Week 10, Lecture 1: This is the last lecture. The final will be in this room during lecture on Friday (June 4th). Course evaluations will be distributed after lecture today. The review session for the final will begin after the evals are turned in. Any Questions? The Question If everyone agrees that intimate relationships are to be desired, why do they often fail? Every lecture has addressed piece of this question in some way. Today, we try to tie it all together. Elements of An Answer There may be only three types of variables: Enduring traits Adaptive processes External circumstances Assembling a Model What is the engine of change? Ultimately, everything that affects relationships must do so by affecting the interactions between the partners. Thus, adaptive processes are the engine of change. Assembling a Model Where do adaptive processes come from? Why are some couples better than others at communicating, showing affection, resolving problems, etc.? Two answers: Characteristics of the partners Characteristics of their environment The Stress Vulnerability Adaptation Model Enduring Characteristics Barriers and alternatives Initial Satisfaction Adaptive Processes Change in Satisfaction Stay together or break up External Stressors Concluding Comments How have relationships changed over the past few decades? What remains the same? What does this mean for us personally? ...
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