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Social Exchange Theories Equity Theory – Walster, Berscheid, Walster Equity – a measuring stick for our relationships We prefer to have an equitable relationship Compare our reward-cost ratio to other’s reward-cost ratio Equity occurs when these ratios are equal Interpersonal If there’s equity, we may not think much about it When there is inequity, it gets our attention Feeling underbenefitted or overbenefitted (guilty) Reviewed literature prior to their studies Highest correlation with martial satisfaction was relational maintenance behavior Daily behavior to keep the relationship going Reassurances, kind gestures
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Unformatted text preview: Measured relational maintenance and equity Perceptions of people thinking their relationship was equitable Relational maintanence continued to be of high correlation Equity had an even higher correlation to marital satisfaction Men and women differed Men thought their relationships were more equitable than the women – thought they were underbenefitted Women focus more on relational meaning More management and awareness of relationship Superwoman syndrome – as more women have entered the workforce, college – she is still the one responsible for childcare, preparing meals, house cleaning Men get praised when they help out...
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