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Dysfunctional Relationships

1. Can you discuss at least three reasons why people do not end relationships that have deteriorated beyond repair.
2. As a mental health professional, what would you say are the signposts that indicate when it is time to leave a dysfunctional or abusive relationship?
3. How would you help a client who comes to you to help improve a relationship that is clearly abusive?

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1. Can you discuss at least three reasons why people do not end relationships that have deteriorated beyond repair?

Research suggests three reasons why people hold onto a deteriorating relationship include: (a) trust, (b) bond, and (c) communication-behaviors. Research suggests that within networks of functionally organized interrelationships are norms that are driven relationships (e.g., a business relationship, a child-parent relationship, market-consumer, etc.). As an example, Morgan and Heist (1998), examined the factors of trust and commitment in relationship marketing. Relationship marketing is explained as developing, establishing and maintaining a successful relationship exchange. This relationship is held together by means of norms based on commitment based on trust (p, 20)...Thus, a personal relationship in which ...

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This solution provide reasons why people do not end relationships that have deteriorated beyond repair.

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