Economic Roles in the Household System

Young People’s Experiences and Expectations
  • Nicholas P. Emler
  • Sharon Hall
Part of the Critical Issues in Social Justice book series (CISJ)


As Murstein (1970) has observed, personal relationships undergo a critical transformation when couples enter into arrangements of mutual dependence, and new factors become important to the continuing survival of the partnership. Dating is one thing; people will more likely continue to seek one another’s periodic company if they have similar interests and enthusiasms. The sharing of accommodations is another matter. For Murstein, what becomes critical at this stage is the capacity of partners to function in complementary or interdependent roles. At this point, we believe, close relationships inescapably assume economic dimensions.


Distributive Justice Household Work Financial Contribution Household Task Economic Role 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Nicholas P. Emler
    • 1
  • Sharon Hall
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Experimental PsychologyUniversity of OxfordOxfordUK
  2. 2.Department of PsychiatryUnited Medical School of Guy’s and St. ThomasLondonUK

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