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Turning Points in Romantic Relationships

Baxter & Bullis (1986) theory of romantic relationship turning points
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garrett munro

on 21 April 2010

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Transcript of Turning Points in Romantic Relationships

Turning Point and Relationship Development Garrett Munro
Lance Boehmer
Jeanna Radz
Coley Marshall Baxter & Bullis (1986)
Orientation within Theoretical continuum what are Turning Ponints? Demonstrative Activia Relationship Development Theory
Process perspectives on how relationships develop Social Penetration theory Altman & Taylor (1973)
Relationships progress as closeness increases
Closeness increases with 'self disclosure'
Extended onion metaphor
Relationship Stages Knapp (1984) Intimacy increases at points:
explosive jumps-
followed by flat planes Turning Pts
Implicit
Rules: Love "3-day rule"
Respect
Trust
"3 date rule"
Academic
Beliefs Baxter & Bullis (1986)
TP: "Any event/occurrence that is associated w/ a change w/in a relationship" Types of Turning Points: Get to know
Quality time
Physical separation
External competition
Reunion
Passion
Disengagement
Positive Psychic change
Exclusivity
Negative Psychic change
Making up
Serious commitment
Sacrifice
Other
Research Questions:

RQ5: Is perceived agreement correlated w/ satisfaction?
Conclusion: Stage models are inaccurate

Relationships develop as a series of discrete events that are accompanied by positive or negative explosions of relationship commitment.
Partners don’t need agreement for satisfaction
Turning points aren’t positive or negative
RQ1: What is a turning point in romantic relationships?
RQ2: Which turning points result in metacommunication?
RQ3: Are turning points perceived similarly by relational partners? RQ4: Is the intensity of turning points perceived similarly by relational partners? Relationship Talk
Exclusivity
Making up
Disengagement
Serious commitment
Passion
Yes
Get to know time
Physical separation
Sacrifice
No Agreement 54.5% agreement

Yes: reunion, exclusivity, serious commitment, get to know time

No: external competition, positive psychic change, sacrifice, quality time Intensity

Serious commitment
Making up
Get to know time
Passion
Exclusivity
Positive psychic change

Disengagement
External competition
Negative psychic change
Positive Negative Agreement is not correlated w/ satisfaction

Exclusivity correlated w/ greater satisfaction
Disengagement correlated w/ lesser satisfaction
More negative turning points correlated w/ lesser satisfaction
Satisfaction: Get to know
Quality time
Physical separation
External competition
Reunion
Passion
Disengagement
Positive Psychic change
Exclusivity
Negative Psychic change
Making up
Serious commitment
Sacrifice
Other
Activiaaaa!
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