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Discuss research (theories and/orstudies) relating to the dissolution of relationships.

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Discuss research (theories and/or studies) relating to the dissolution of relationships. There are many different reasons for why a relationship must come to an end, but despite all of the differences there is one similarity - the process that is involved in the break-up of a relationship. According to Lee's stage model (1984), there are five stages in the break-up of premarital relationships: 1) Dissatisfaction - one or both partners realise there are real problems within the relationship. 2) Exposure - problems identified are brought out into the open. ...read more.

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The exposure and negotiation stages are the most intense and exhausting. Duck (1982) proposed a similar stage model, consisting of four phases: 1) Intrapsychic - thinking about negative aspects of one's partner. 2) Dyadic - confronting partner with the negative thoughts. 3) Social - deciding what to do from this stage on. 4) Grave-dressing - communicating a socially acceptable account of the end of the relationship. Both of the above models give good advice on how to deal with the dissolution of a relationship but neither gives an answer to the question "why do some relationships dissolve and others do not?" ...read more.

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But this suggestion cannot be completely reliable because many relationships are maintained despite these factors. A further factor is gender difference. According to the vulnerability-stress-adaptation model put forward by Karney & Bradbury (1995) there are three major factors that determine marital quality and stability or duration. They are: vulnerability, stress and adaptation. All three may result in a vicious cycle, thus leading to a breakdown. One strength is that it shows how the three variables interact in different ways to reduce marital quality. A criticism is that it only focuses on internal factors, as Levinger (1976) argued, factors external to the marriage also effect marital stability. ?? ?? ?? ?? Zainab Rahman ...read more.

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