Differential Patterns of Social Reinforcement as a Function of Degree of Marital Distress and Level of Intimacy.
OREGON UNIV EUGENE
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The major focus of the study was the relationship between the exchange of short-term social reinforcement in distressed and nondistressed marrieds as they interacted in a laboratory setting with own spouse, and the spouse of a stranger. Specifically, it was held that the exchange of positive or aversive consequences was more a matter of situational determinants than of trait-like determinants. Author