Quid Pro Quo revisited: The basis of marital therapy

R. C. Fish, Linda Stone Fish

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This paper proposes that the basis of marriage is the quid pro quo agreement, which must be recognized in any marital therapy. Symmetry and complementarity are reviewed as the two ways in which the three basic marital issues of power, intimacy, and boundaries are worked out in the quid pro quo negotiations. Implications for therapy are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)371-384
Number of pages14
JournalAmerican Journal of Orthopsychiatry
Issue number3
StatePublished - 1986


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychiatry and Mental health
  • Applied Psychology

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