From love to a relationship

From love to a relationship - From love to a relationship:...

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From love to a relationship: o Theories of relationships Social exchange theory: maximize rewards and minimize costs Rewards: love, money, status Costs: time and energy, conflict, disapproval of others We look at our current relationships cost/benefit ratio in relation to comparison level and comparison level for alternative o Comparison level – expectations for relationship quality, perception of what kinds of relationship one deserves o Comparison level for alt – what else is out there, probability that a relationship could be better with someone else Equity theory: satisfaction and stability = equality in rewards and costs for each participants Distress – underbenefitted partners feel resentful Investment theory In reference to social exchange theory, we know that many ppl do not leave partners – even when they are dissatisfied and the other alt. look bright (abusive relationships) Expanded social exchange theory to long term relationships and
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This note was uploaded on 11/27/2011 for the course PSYC 260 taught by Professor Traceycallison during the Fall '08 term at UNC.

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