Equity Theory

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  • Created on: 22-04-13 19:17


  • Walster et al. (1978)
  • Extension of the underlying beliefs of social exhange theory
  • Messick and Cook- People strive to achieve fairness in relationships and feel distressed if this not the case
  • The most successful relationships are those were both parties invest equally in one another
  • What is considered 'fair' in a relationship is largely subjective
  • An equitable relationship would be:
  • Partner's benefits - their costs = Other partner's benefits - their costs
  • Percieved inequality in a relationship motivates us to restore it in…


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