Transrelational equity comparisons: Extensions to the third partner relationship and a decision-making model

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Abstract

It has been demonstrated that individuals who have been inequitably treated in 1 relationship will redress that inequity in another relationship with a 2nd partner. The present research, using 72 female college students, investigated whether such effects continue into 3rd-partner relationships and whether knowledge of who will allocate outcomes in the 3rd-partner relationship has an effect on the S's allocation in the 2nd-partner relationship. In addition, a decison-making model for inequitably treated individuals was proposed and tested. Results indicate that inequitably treated individuals redress previous inequities in 3rd-partner relationships but that knowledge of who will allocate outcomes in future relationships has no effect on allocational behavior in present relationships. Evaluation of the decision-making model indicated that anger and the importance an inequitably treated individual attaches to fairness for another person are the operative variables in the decision to transrelationally redress inequity. (18 ref) (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved)

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