Social Exchange Theory as it relates to Mate Selection
(Thibaut & Kelley, 1952, 1959) An economic modle of human behavior in which people make decisions based on maximizing benefits and minimizing coasts in relationships. People seek out and maintain those relationships in which the rewards exceed the costs. This theory suggests that behavior of socialized persons is purposive, or goal oriented, and not random. People repeat behaviors that are rewarded and avoid those that go unrewarded. If reciprocity does not exist (if nothing is received in return) a relationship will likely terminate.