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This study examines how the
sharing of attitudes matter for relationship satisfaction and union dissolution
among Swedish couples. It utilizes a data set from 2009 (the Young Adult Panel
Study) containing information on 1055 opposite-sex couples (married or
co-residential), and registered union dissolutions up until 2014. Results
indicate that couples who share notions on the importance of being successful
at work; on the importance of having children; or on the importance of having
enough time for leisure activities are more likely to be satisfied with their
partner relationship than couples who do not share these attitudes. However,
there are no effects from sharing attitudes on the importance of living in a
good partner relationship or doing well economically, nor any impact on actual
breakups. The study concludes that sharing priorities matter for relationship
quality, although this cannot be generalized to all attitudes or even to
work-family related attitudes in general.