Equity Theory

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Who put forward the equity theory?
Walter 1978
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What claim of the SET does the equity theory accept?
People monitor their relationships on what they put in and what they get out
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However this theory takes it further and stages that people...
Also focus on what their partner is getting out of the relationships
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How do couples maintain relationships?
By aiming for fairness for both parteners
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The person who over benefits...
Feels guilty that their partner is unhappy
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Inequity leads to...
The person not getting much out of the relationship to feel dissatisifed
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What will happen in a new relationship if it is unequal?
They will likely break up
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What will happen in a long term relationship if it becomes unequal?
Both people will try to repair the relationship by either putting more or less into the relationship, depending on which side of the relationship they are on
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What did Walster et al find?
Student couples who rated their relationship as equal, we more likely to be together after 14 weeks
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This theory provides an explanation for...
Why relationships end
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What did Buunk find?
Those with high equity scores were happier and more satisfied with the relationship
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What did Dwyer find?
Equity in lesbian relationships was more important than in straight relationships
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This theory is more...
Important in western relationships than in collectivist cultures
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Boggs and Miller contradicted ecnomic theories and said that...
For a long term relationship to work, there needs to be respect, commitment to the relationship and commitment to each other
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What does the Miller-Steinberg social exchange rule state?
These theories are reductionist as you are applying economic concepts to emotional relationships
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