"Me" and "We": How Expectant Cohabitors Talk about Economic Difficulty

Shannon A. Corkery, Melissa A. Curran, Reyna A. Benavides

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"Me" and "we" talk, as indicators of outcome considerations, is examined for expectant, unmarried cohabitors (N = 36). Grounded in social exchange and interdependence theories, "me" talk reflects individualism while "we" talk reflects collectivism (e.g., outcome consideration beyond self). Having interviewed cohabitors about effects of the difficult economy, we coded discussions for "me" and "we" talk revealing four groups: (1) Exclusively "We" (61.1%); (2) Primarily "We" (25%); (3) Equal "Me" and "We" (11.1%); and (4) Exclusively "Me" (<3%). Implications for therapeutic interventions that teach the importance and value of "we" talk in interdependent relationships are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)978-994
Number of pages17
JournalJournal of Human Behavior in the Social Environment
Issue number8
StatePublished - Nov 2011


  • "me"
  • "we"
  • Interdependence
  • cohabitors
  • difficult economy
  • expectant
  • social exchange
  • unmarried

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Anthropology
  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)


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