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Rewards and Costs in Relationships

  • By: Stanley O. Gaines, Jr. & Constantine Sedikides
  • In: Encyclopedia of Human Relationships
  • Edited by: Harry T. Reis & Susan Sprecher
  • Subject:Interpersonal Relationships, Group Processes/Dynamics, Close Relationships

Among general social-psychological theories that have been applied to social and personal relationship processes, reinforcement-based theories have been most explicit in addressing rewards and costs in relationships. Reinforcement-based theories owe a considerable debt to B. F. Skinner's operant ...

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