Equity considerations in the friendships of older adults

K. A. Roberto, J. P. Scott

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This study examined patterns of exchange between 110 older adults and their friends. Using equity theory as the conceptual base, the amount and type of distress reported in the overall friend relationship, the helping aspect of the friendship, and the affective component of the relationship by those individuals in equitable versus inequitable friendships were examined. The results support the postulate of equity theory that individuals who perceived their relationship to be equitable express less distress with all aspects of their friendships than those who perceived their friendships as inequitable. The type of distress reported by respondents in the inequitable group, however, was contrary to the propositions of equity theory.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)241-247
Number of pages7
JournalJournals of Gerontology
Issue number2
StatePublished - 1986

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