Marital relationships: A social exchange theory perspective

Paul A. Nakonezny, Wayne H. Denton

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The central thesis of this article is the treatment of the marital relationship within the context of social exchange theory. This article opens with a discussion of marital solidarity and marital power from a social exchange perspective. Next, the article addresses the differences between social exchange and economic exchange in order to provide insight in delineating marital relationships in a social exchange context. The conceptualization of couple therapy in terms of social exchange theory is next discussed. Finally, the article closes with a discussion of the deficiencies of social exchange theory as an attempt to delimit the scope of treating marital relationships as a social exchange system.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)402-412
Number of pages11
JournalAmerican Journal of Family Therapy
Issue number5
StatePublished - Oct 28 2008

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology
  • Clinical Psychology


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