The balance of power in lesbian relationships

  title={The balance of power in lesbian relationships},
  author={Mayta A. Caldwell and Letitia Anne Peplau},
  journal={Sex Roles},
A questionnaire study investigated the balance of power in lesbian relationships and factors that affect it. Seventy-seven lesbian women currently in a romantic/sexual relationship participated. Although lesbians strongly endorsed an egalitarian ideal of equal power in love relationships, nearly 40% reported an unequal balance of power in their relationship. As social exchange theory predicts, the partner who was relatively less dependent on the relationship and who had greater personal… 
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