Mate Selection and Family Development

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  1. Anxious-Ambivalent Attachment Style
    Adults with an anxious-ambivalent attachment style view others in a relationship as unreliable and unable to commit. They also see their relationships as having less interdependence, trust, and satisfaction when compared to securely attached individuals.
  2. Avoidant Attachment Style
    Adults with an avoidant attachment style tend to view relationship as less satisfying and intimate compared to securely attached individuals. They are also less trusting of others and tend to avoid getting close to others.
  3. Commitment
    The degree to which one is willing to work for the continuation of a relationship.
  4. Camparison Level (CL)
    The unique values and expectations individuals bring to their relationships. These are the standards against which the relationship is judged.
  5. Costs
    The drawbacks or expenses associated with a particular relationship. They can involve negative aspects of the relationship or rewards sacrificed as a result of engaging in the relationship.
  6. Dependence
    The degree to which one comes to rely on a partner for relationship outcomes.
  7. Economic Metaphor
    A term used in the social exchange framework to emphasize how relationships are viewed as "extended markets" in which individuals act out of self-interest with the goal of maximizing their profits and minimizing their costs.
  8. Interdependence
    The notion that one's own satisfaction in a relationship depends on the extent to which one's partner is satisfied as well. Acting in the best interests of the partner becomes a way to obtain benefits for the self.
  9. Love
    The overarching term used to label the emotions that arise out of rewarding and intimate interactions with another.
  10. Negotiations
    Interactions with one's partner that have as their goal reaching a consensus regarding common concerns or interests.
  11. Outcomes
    The balance of rewards and costs available from the relationship.
  12. Power
    The control of another's behavior through the ability to elicit compliance or resist the other's influence.
  13. Rewards
    The benefits exchanged in social relationships. The pleasures, satisfactions, and gratifications a person derives from participating in a relationship.
  14. Secure Attachment Style
    Individuals who are characterized by a secure attachment style have reported positive early family relationships and trusting attitudes toward others. Within their adult partnerships, these individuals are comfortable getting close to and depending on others. They describe their relationships as being characterized by happiness and trust and they view themselves as friendly and likable.
  15. Trust
    The belief the one's partner will not exploit or take unfair advantage of the relationship.
  16. Turning Points
    Critical periods in the development of an intimate relationship during which it either evolves to a deeper level of intimacy and involvement or dissolves.
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Mate Selection and Family Development
2012-03-17 07:09:08
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Mate Selection and Family Development
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