Case Study : Oklahoma State University

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Relationship Analysis Paper
Katie Dillon
SPCH 2713-009
2 March 2016
Oklahoma State University

When I have kids and they ask me about my roommates in college, I want to give them a good, positive story. Unfortunately, I would be lying if I admitted that living with three other girls didn’t bring up some issues. In following paper, I apply the social exchange theory established by Chadwick-Jones, (1976); Gergen, Greenberg, & Willis (1980); and Thibaut & Kelley (1986) to analyze the complicated and intricate relationship between my roommate/neighbor and myself. To begin, I will discuss the various costs that started off small and inconspicuous, but then increased in depth and complexity as our relationship developed. Next, I analyze the rewards that began as concrete and meaningful, which then tapered off into oblivion. Lastly, I consider the profits and values throughout our relationship and how those profits developed into losses as costs began to outgrow the rewards. The economic model of costs, rewards, and profits can resemble the give and take experienced throughout the ups and downs of a roommate relationship.
The best things about any relationship are the rewards that make the relationship special and meaningful between both parties. Throughout my lifetime I never had many friends, let alone people I willingly spent time with except for my mother. The relationship between my mother and myself sees far more rewards than costs. With a relationship like that,
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