Friendship Maintenance Mediates the Relationship Between Compassion for Others and Happiness

Marlyn Sanchez, Andrew Haynes, Jennifer C. Parada, Meliksah Demir

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Displaying compassion for others (CFO) and utilizing friendship maintenance (FM) behaviors are positively associated with happiness. Two studies investigated FM as a mediator of the relationship between CFO and happiness (Study 1: N = 273; Study 2: N = 368). FM mediated the CFO-Happiness relationship in both studies regardless of the way happiness was measured. Although women had higher scores on both CFO and FM, the model was supported for both genders. The implications of the findings are discussed and suggestions for future research are provided.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1-12
Number of pages12
JournalCurrent Psychology
StateAccepted/In press - Jan 12 2018



  • Bootstrapping
  • Compassion for others
  • Friendship maintenance
  • Gender differences
  • Happiness
  • Mediation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychology(all)

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