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Characteristics for a Strong Marriage

Adapted from Robert H. Lauer and Jeanette C. Lauer, Marriage and Family: The Quest for Intimacy, Copyright 1991, The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc., reprinted by special permission in Together Forever,Aid Association for Lutherans, Appleton, WI, 1997, p. 25

Characteristics for a Strong Marriage

Ranked by Husbands and Wives

Question

Husbands Ranking

Wives Ranking

My spouse is my best friend.

1

1

I like my spouse as a person.

2

2

Marriage is a long-term commitment.

3

3

Marriage is sacred.

4

4

We agree on aims and goals.

5

5

My spouse has grown more interesting.

6

6

I want the relationship to succeed.

7

7

An endearing marriage is important to social stability.

8

10

We laugh together.

9

8

I am proud of my spouse's achievements.

10

9