Encyclopedia of Couple and Family Therapy

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Fairness in Couples and Families

  • Rashmi Gangamma
  • Tatiana Glebova
  • Jennifer Coppola
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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-15877-8_416-1

Name of Concept

Fairness

Synonyms

Introduction

Growing evidence in developmental and neuroscience research suggest that an intuitive sense of fairness and concern for others exists in infancy (e.g., Decety and Howard 2013). Fairness in relationships is an important concept and is sometimes described in terms of equity (e.g., Kuperminc et al. 2013). In this chapter we discuss fairness as a central construct of contextual therapy theory (Boszormenyi-Nagy and Krasner 1986) which is the only one that explicitly puts relational fairness or justice as a cornerstone of family relationships and well-being. Contextual therapy theory is an intergenerational, integrative, strengths-based theory whose hallmark feature is relational ethics* or balance of give and take* or fairness in relationships. Emerging research indicates that perceptions of fairness are related to indicators of health and well-being (Grames et al. 2008), as well as symptoms of...

Keywords

Relational Ethic Partner Relationship Immigrant Parent Contextual Therapist Systemic Transaction 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Rashmi Gangamma
    • 1
  • Tatiana Glebova
    • 2
  • Jennifer Coppola
    • 1
  1. 1.Syracuse UniversitySyracuseUSA
  2. 2.Alliant International UniversitySacrementoUSA