Learning Objectives

  1. Explain the general reasons why relationships end.
  2. Describe the types of communication that are related to breakup as well as the types of communication that help prevent divorce.
  3. Describe the five processes in Duck’s relational dissolution model and contrast this to catastrophe theory.
  4. Describe the various strategies that people use to end relationships and know whether each strategy is unilateral or bilateral and direct or indirect.
  5. Explain the negative and positive effects that breakups have on people.