Close Relationships Interview
For this paper, you will be tasked with interviewing a couple that you believe has a close relationship as we have defined it in class. Importantly, this can be a romantic couple, two close friends, or some other relationship (however, sibling or parent-child relationships will not work well for this). For this interview, you are responsible for writing the interview questions. Please be sure to include a copy of your questions at the end of your essay. Throughout the interview, make sure you ask questions that allow you to fully respond to the following prompt:
Please spend a page giving context to the couple you are interviewing. Include their names (you make include fake names if the couple prefers), the nature of their relationship, how long they have known each other, and other relevant information.
Describe how the couple met and began their relationship. Based on our understanding of early relationships, why do you believe the relationship survived past this early stage into a close relationship?
Describe a time, early in their relationship, where the couple engaged in self-disclosure. In your own words describe how you believe these early instances of self-disclosure impacted the relationship.
Describe a time during which the couple engaged in behavioral interdependence. That is, give an example of how the couple displays behaviors that are done selflessly for the relationship or for their partner. Then, describe what this example might have looked like if the couple had still been in the exact reward exchanges or approximate reward exchanges stage of their relationship.
Describe a conflict that the couple has faced (and is comfortable sharing). Based on our understanding of threats that couples face in their relationships, what source of conflict do you believe this was? Why was this a stressor to the relationship?
Ask each member of the couple to describe their favorite thing about their partner. This does not necessarily have to tie to what we have learned about close relationships. More so, I just want to end on a high note and want to hear some cute, cheesy stuff.
NOTE: Your first priority in this assignment is to treat the couple you interview with the appropriate respect and privacy. Please use your best judgement in choosing a couple and crafting your questions.
NOTE: Your last page of the essay should be your interview questions (this should not count towards your page count). I am, in part, evaluating you on these questions as well. A good social psychologist knows how to ask questions to their participants to get to the underlying psychological processes. The questions should be written in an understandable language and not include too many terms that individuals not in our class would not understand.
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