Lucas, Amy (2014). The role of socialization and personality in romantic relationship quality in young adulthood. 2014 Add Health Users Conference.
Explanations for successful romantic relationships have often focused on two theoretical mechanisms: socialization and personality traits. This paper examines the role that both socialization and personality have in the development of romantic relationship quality in young adulthood. This study seeks to examine the role that both (1) parent-child interactions and (2) parents' relationship quality during adolescence play in romantic relationship quality in young adulthood. Two aspects of relationship quality with romantic partners in young adulthood are examined: satisfaction and partner's affection, which, in turn, correspond to two aspects of parentchild interactions in adolescence, satisfaction with communication and affection. In addition, two aspects of relationship quality with romantic partners in young adulthood are examined: happiness and future relationship orientation, which, in turn, correspond to two aspects of parental relationship quality: happiness and thoughts of separation. In the analysis of the role that each socialization measure has on its corresponding romantic relationship quality measure, personality is also examined. Regression models predicting the dimensions of relationship quality are estimated using a sample of dating, cohabiting, and married individuals from Add Health. Findings suggest that socialization operates independently of personality and that both factors should be accounted for when studying romantic relationship quality.
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