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Respect is a key indicator of health and a predictor for longevity in couple relationships. Respect for persons is addressed in philosophical and religious writings as a moral value and is included in the ethical practices of many professions, agencies, and governmental institutions that provide care for the public. Ethical considerations concerning respect include recognizing and treating people as autonomous agents and providing protection for individuals with diminished autonomy.

Research in couple relationships indicates respect plays a significant role in cohesion and satisfaction and is a predictor for stability. For nearly four decades, the Gottman Institute has conducted research in the marital relationship and has found respect as a key indicator of marital stability, particularly in the area of fondness and admiration. In 1994, John Gottman ...

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