Marital assortment and phenotypic convergence: longitudinal evidence.

Journal Article (Journal Article)

This study provides a direct test of whether the observed similarity of spouses is due to initial assortment rather than to convergence of phenotypes. With data from three well-known longitudinal studies, phenotypic convergence is examined using both variable- and person-centered analyses. The longitudinal evidence does not support the hypothesis that couples increasingly resemble each other with time. Spouse correlations most likely reflect initial assortment at marriage and not the convergence of phenotypes.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Caspi, A; Herbener, ES

Published Date

  • March 1, 1993

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 40 / 1-2

Start / End Page

  • 48 - 60

PubMed ID

  • 8146693

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0037-766X

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1080/19485565.1993.9988835


  • eng