Egalitarian Relationships

Francine M. Deutsch

In: Encyclopedia of Human Relationships

Egalitarian Relationships

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  • Egalitarian relationships are those in which partners equally share all benefits, burdens, and responsibilities. Although, in theory, the notion of an egalitarian relationship could apply to any dyadic relationship, such as friend, sibling, or coworker, research has focused primarily on married men and women. No good estimates of the percentage of egalitarian marriages exist, but it is widely agreed that gender inequality is the norm in married couples. Egalitarian relationships are in the minority. The purpose of this entry is to define egalitarian relationships, to discuss the hypotheses that account for them, and to foretell their future.

    Egalitarian relationships are found among couples of varying class backgrounds, albeit in different forms. An egalitarian college professor and dentist might work together to get their kids up, dressed, ...

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    • Cognitive Processes in Relationships
    • Communication Processes
    • Creating and Maintaining Closeness
    • The Dark Side of Relationships
    • Dating, Courtship, and Marriage
    • Emotion Processes in Relationships
    • Family
    • Friendship and Caregiving in Adulthood
    • Health and the Biology of Relationships
    • Methods for Studying Relationships
    • Personality and Individual Differences
    • Prevention and Repair of Relationship Problems
    • Psychological Processes
    • Sexuality
    • Social Context of Relationships
    • Social Relations in Childhood and Adolescence
    • Theoretical Approaches to Studying Relationships
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