Webster defines reciprocity as a corresponding and complementary exchange: the quality or state of being reciprocal.
Through mutual dependence, action or influence, a mutual exchange of privileges takes place.
This definition fits well with the underlying intention that is inherent to a relationship focus. Most long-standing relationships are grounded in some form of reciprocity in the giving and receiving of rewards.
Cunningham and Antill (1981) observe that “It is indisputable that most human relationships are based on considerations of equity and exchange.”
Sharing this view of reciprocity as a joint responsibility enhances and deepens the relationship and the connection.