Relationship Theories

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Relationship Theories Murstein’s Stimulus Value Role Theory o Stimulus stage: attraction is sparked by external attributes such as physical appearance o Value Stage: attachment is based on similarity of beliefs and values o Role Stage: Commitment is based on the performance of such roles as husband and wife Most researchers reject idea that intimate relationships progress through a fixed sequence of stages For reward theories of love, quantity counts o Important to continue to have romantic dinners, trips to theater, and vacations once married Social Exchange Theory o Economic view of relationships Maximize rewards/benefits (positive qualities: companionship, partner’s good traits, material resources) Minimize cost (negative qualities: conflict partner’s negative traits, sacrifices) o Comparison level= expected rewards and costs of the relationship Low- easily satisfied High- not easily satisfied o Comparison levels for alternatives Low- high commitment
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This note was uploaded on 03/16/2011 for the course PSYCH 12 taught by Professor Stock during the Fall '10 term at GWU.

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