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A married person's perception of their spouse's levels of compassion and pro-social values explained between 20-33% of their relationship satisfaction. While important everywhere, the explanatory power of compassion and pro-social values varied between 3 US states. It was lowest in Arkansas and highest in Utah and Vermont.

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To our knowledge, this article is one of a few providing preliminary evidence for regional and cultural variation in predictors of marital satisfaction. In particular, understanding that compassion and pro-social values are important and that their importance varies between people and places sets the stage for a more context-specific understanding of relationships.

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This page is a summary of: Compassion and values influence marital quality amongst couples in three U.S. states., Couple and Family Psychology Research and Practice, June 2020, American Psychological Association (APA), DOI: 10.1037/cfp0000134.
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