It has been suggested that equity theory, a social
psychological theory concerned with the fairness in
casual relationships, should be applicable to intimate
relations as well. As a first step in that direction,
this report describes the development of the
Traupmann-Utne-Walster Equity/Inequity Scales,
which measure the level of equity that intimate
couples perceive in their relationships. The scales,
which include items from four areas of concern for
intimates-personal concerns, emotional concerns,
day-to-day concerns, and opportunities gained or
lost-are described, and data from two empirical
studies are reported. The first study demonstrates
the internal consistency reliability of the scales. The
second study reports data relevant to the construct
validity of the scales. Two constructs derived from
equity theory-affect and satisfaction-shown
to behave in the predicted way when the Traupmann-
Utne-Walster Scales are used as the measure
Traupmann, Jane; Petersen, Robert; Utne, Mary; Hatfield, Elaine.
Measuring equity in intimate relations.
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