Explain the role that culture plays in the formation and maintenance of relationships


Formation of relationships



Moghaddam et al (1993) argues that interpersonal relationships:




In collectivist cultures, social networks motivate marriages. Families play an active and often decisive role in choosing marriage partners for the young. Love is supposed to be discovered after marriage.  In many parts of the world, arranged marriages are still the norm although modifications are now seen in some cultures.


Study to use: Buss et al. (1990)


Maintenance of relationships




Are arranged marriages happier?




In spite of the focus on love in relationships in the West, there is general agreement among psychologists that a relationship that survives over time is one in which the partners adapt and change with respect to what they expect of each other. Love that involves friendship, caring, respect, and mutual sharing of experiences could result in the powerful bonding of lasting relationships as in the ideal of the Western “love marriage”.