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Running head: INTERPERSONAL CONFLICT IN TELEVISION 1 Interpersonal Conflict in Television: “Blackish” Sondra Walton COM 200 Interpersonal Communication Professor Jessica Guire May 11, 2015
INTERPERSONAL CONFLICT IN TELEVISION 2 Interpersonal Conflict in Television: “Blackish” In the “Real World” episode of the television show “Blackish”, the interpersonal conflict that was not handled effectively involved equity in the relationship. This essay will define equity and demonstrate how it relates to interpersonal relationships and how an imbalance in perceived equity can cause conflict than can ultimately damage the relationship. The equity theory proposed by Elaine Hatfield and her colleagues is a new way to consider the concept of relationship rewards. “Equity theory formally asserts that we seek to balance our rewards with the rewards of our partner in order to maintain equity within our close relationships” (Bevan and Sole, 2014, p.8.4). Equity only exists in a relationship when both

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