Distributive justice in marriage: Equality or equity?

Carole B Burgoyne, Alan Lewis

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Explored the psychological reality of sharing of financial resources in marriage, focusing on couples using a shared management system and a joint bank account. The study aimed to examine factors influencing the control of money and patterns of personal spending. 13 women and 9 of their partners (aged 30-50 yrs) participated in the semi-structured interviews. Results show that a sense of ownership of having earned the money, rather than nonfinancial contributions to the marriage, dominated these marriages despite attempts to equalize sharing of resources. Patterns of control and personal spending appeared to be based on equity rather than equality. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2007 APA, all rights reserved).
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)101-114
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of Community & Applied Social Psychology
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1994


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