Equity Theory and healthcare - Surname 1 Name Professor\u2019s Name Journalism mass media and communication Date Equity Theory and healthcare Equity

Equity Theory and healthcare - Surname 1 Name...

This preview shows page 1 - 3 out of 7 pages.

Surname 1 Name Professor’s Name Journalism, mass media and communication Date Equity Theory and healthcare Equity usually refers to an equal and fair treatment without showing any impartiality. Humans always strive to achieve equality in relationships either through subconsciously or knowingly. The notion of restoring balance in relationships drives many people to try to achieve harmony. The equity theory proposes that partners that are in a relationship who feel that they are putting in an unfairly huge amount of effort will experience distress and anger. The theory proposes that interpersonal relationships can only be enhanced by promoting fairness and equality. The equity theory can be applied to social justice to create healthcare systems that are equitable for everyone. Explanation of the theory The equity theory is based on the fact that people desire and value fair treatment and different people have different perceptions of fairness. When engaged in an intimate relationship, a person that puts time and effort will expect a certain output for their effort. In case that does not happen, the person is likely to experience a level of distress. It can lead to controlling and anger behavior in relationships. The equity theory was introduced by John Stacey Adams in 1963 where he introduced the idea that fairness and equity are critical components which ensure that people are motivated. The theory is based on the idea that since people are motivated by fairness, then they will identify inequities compared to the referent group and seek ways to adjust their
Surname 2 lives to reach the perceived level of equity. The theory proposes that the higher people perceive the equity, the more they will be motivated. On the flipside, people that live in an environment that is unfair will be demotivated (Floyd 323). One central theme of the theory is that partners that feel rewarded or neglected are likely going to make efforts to attain equilibrium in their relationships. Equity can be calculated by first evaluating the contributions made by each partner and the benefits that they have received with the contributions. The theory also asserts that the parties do not necessarily have to make equal contributions as long as the ratio of their contribution and benefits are the same. For instance, in case one partner contributes financially while the other contributes time, then their inputs can be considered to be equal (Ryan 1588).

  • Left Quote Icon

    Student Picture

  • Left Quote Icon

    Student Picture

  • Left Quote Icon

    Student Picture