Duck's Model of Relationship Breakdown

Duck's Model of Relationship Breakdown

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  • Theories of Romantic Relationships: Duck's Model of Relationship 
  • I can't do this anymore...
  • You can't do this to me
  • It's just not working
  • Duck (2007) proposed a model for relationship breakdown. Ending a relationship isn't a one-off event and there are 4 distinct phases. Process starts when a partner starts becoming dissatisfied.
  • You don't need him anyway
  • Maybe you could give it another go?
  • Intra-psychic stage (brooding): One person becomes dissatisfied and weighs up pros and cons. Evaluates against alternatives. Thinks about reasons for unhappiness and makes plans for future.
  • Miss Moving on!!
  • Dyadic Stage (confrontation): Dissatisfaction is now shared with their partner. Series of confrontations and dissatisfactions discussed. Two outcomes: Determination to continue break up or desire to repair.
  • Social stage (gossiping): Break-up is now public. Partners seek support from others, friends will react differently. Some reassure, some judge, some blame one person, some push relationship towards its end and some try to repair.
  • Grave dressing stage (moving on): When the relationship is over, individuals need to come to terms with it. Partners make up story (put one's self good light, put partner in bad light).
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