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Value Consensus and Partner Satisfaction among Dating Couples

Robert H. Coombs
Journal of Marriage and Family
Vol. 28, No. 2 (May, 1966), pp. 166-173
DOI: 10.2307/349275
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/349275
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Value Consensus and Partner Satisfaction among Dating Couples
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Abstract

This paper focuses on a theory of mate selection which suggests that interpersonal attraction is facilitated when persons share or perceive themselves as sharing similar value orientations. A library review found consistent evidence for this theory and indicated that reciprocal rewards of communication ease and self-validation relate to value consensus. An empirical study of dating couples found support for the following hypotheses: 1) satisfaction with partner increases with an increase in objective value consensus, perceived partner's valuing of self, and ease of communication; 2) ease of communication increases with an increase in objective value consensus and perceived partner's valuing of self.

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