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Two personalities, one relationship: both partners' personality traits shape the quality of their relationship.

Publication ,  Journal Article
Robins, RW; Caspi, A; Moffitt, TE
Published in: Journal of personality and social psychology
August 2000

This research tested 6 models of the independent and interactive effects of stable personality traits on each partner's reports of relationship satisfaction and quality. Both members of 360 couples (N = 720) completed the Multidimensional Personality Questionnaire and were interviewed about their relationship. Findings show that a woman's relationship happiness is predicted by her partner's low Negative Emotionality, high Positive Emotionality, and high Constraint, whereas a man's relationship happiness is predicted only by his partner's low Negative Emotionality. Findings also show evidence of additive but not interactive effects: Each partner's personality contributed independently to relationship outcomes but not in a synergistic way. These results are discussed in relation to models that seek to integrate research on individual differences in personality traits with research on interpersonal processes in intimate relationships.

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Published In

Journal of personality and social psychology

DOI

EISSN

1939-1315

ISSN

0022-3514

Publication Date

August 2000

Volume

79

Issue

2

Start / End Page

251 / 259

Related Subject Headings

  • United States
  • Temperament
  • Surveys and Questionnaires
  • Spouses
  • Social Psychology
  • Sex Factors
  • Self-Assessment
  • Regression Analysis
  • Personality Development
  • Personality
 

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Robins, R. W., Caspi, A., & Moffitt, T. E. (2000). Two personalities, one relationship: both partners' personality traits shape the quality of their relationship. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 79(2), 251–259. https://doi.org/10.1037//0022-3514.79.2.251
Robins, R. W., A. Caspi, and T. E. Moffitt. “Two personalities, one relationship: both partners' personality traits shape the quality of their relationship.Journal of Personality and Social Psychology 79, no. 2 (August 2000): 251–59. https://doi.org/10.1037//0022-3514.79.2.251.
Robins RW, Caspi A, Moffitt TE. Two personalities, one relationship: both partners' personality traits shape the quality of their relationship. Journal of personality and social psychology. 2000 Aug;79(2):251–9.
Robins, R. W., et al. “Two personalities, one relationship: both partners' personality traits shape the quality of their relationship.Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, vol. 79, no. 2, Aug. 2000, pp. 251–59. Epmc, doi:10.1037//0022-3514.79.2.251.
Robins RW, Caspi A, Moffitt TE. Two personalities, one relationship: both partners' personality traits shape the quality of their relationship. Journal of personality and social psychology. 2000 Aug;79(2):251–259.

Published In

Journal of personality and social psychology

DOI

EISSN

1939-1315

ISSN

0022-3514

Publication Date

August 2000

Volume

79

Issue

2

Start / End Page

251 / 259

Related Subject Headings

  • United States
  • Temperament
  • Surveys and Questionnaires
  • Spouses
  • Social Psychology
  • Sex Factors
  • Self-Assessment
  • Regression Analysis
  • Personality Development
  • Personality