Equity Theory

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Equity Theory
People weigh up the rewards and costs of a relationship but they expect the relationship to be fair. If the relationship is unfair, at least one individual will become unhappy . The loser will feel dissatisfied whist the winner will feel guilty.
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Equity Theory
However if the relationship is long term one with considerable previous investment, the partner will be motivated to repair the relationship.
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gender bias
A females perception of being under-benefitted was the greatest predictor of marriage disruption
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cultural bias
Equity principle more important in individualistic cultures
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Lacks ecological validity
Not scientific as people are likely to socially desirable respond to questioners for example they would not want to admit they did not put effort into a relationship as it would make them look bad.
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Rasdale and Brown
reject the claim that equity is a key determinant of relationship satisfaction. They argue it is insufficient in explaining marital maintenance.
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Stafford and Canary
asked over 200 married couples to complete measures of equity and relationship satisfaction. Couples who perceived their relationship to be equitable had higher satisfaction levels
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Not scientific as people are likely to socially desirable respond to questioners for example they would not want to admit they did not put effort into a relationship as it would make them look bad.

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