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Duck's model of relationship dissolution (1999) consists of four phases, each of which is initiated when a threshold is broken

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Duck's model of relationship dissolution (1999) consists of four phases, each of which is initiated when a threshold is broken. * The intrapsychic phase refers to the individual's private appraisal or evaluation of, or deliberation about, the relationship in terms of its quality and alternatives. * The dyadic phase begins when these thoughts become public. In the dyadic phase, partners shift back and forth from resolution to dissolution: a process of figuring out whether their problems can be solved by maintaining the relationship. * The social phase is when couples acknowledge the social repercussions for separating. ...read more.


Also, the individual begins to assess the negative aspects of being in the relationship, considers the costs of withdrawal, and assesses the positive aspects of being in another relationship. Duck uses the term intrapsychic because the processes are occurring only in the individual's mind and have not yet shown themselves in actual behaviour. The next threshold is when the individual considers himself or herself as being justified in withdrawing from the relationship. This leads to the dyadic phase, and involves the other partner. Here, the dissatisfied individual must decide whether to confront or avoid the partner. ...read more.


This state of the relationship is made public at least within the individual's own social network, and publicly negotiable face-saving/blame-placing stories and accounts of the relationship's breakdown may be given. Intervention teams such as family or very close friends may be called in to try to bring a reconciliation. Unless the intervention teams are successful, the next threshold is when the relationship's dissolution becomes inevitable. This leads to the final grave-dressing phase. In this, the partners attempt to get over the relationship's dissolution and engage in their own post-mortem about why the relationship dissolved, a version of events which is then given to family and friends. Each partner needs to emerge from the relationship with an intact reputation for future "relationship reliability" purposes. ...read more.

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The is a good piece of work describing Duck's model concisely. It needs to add an introduction as well as a brief conclusion. This is missing from this writing hence the lower score. However, the essay could easily be improved with more details about the stages.


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