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Ideal mate personality concepts and compatibility in close relationships: a longitudinal analysis.
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PMID:  16162056     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
How 2 personalities may be best combined in a couple has often been answered in terms of similarity in partner's personality characteristics. However, results have been inconsistent. The present study proposed that relationship outcomes should depend more on the similarity between individuals' ideal mate personality concepts (IMPCs) and their partner's personality as both perceived by the self and self-reported by the partner. Study 1 introduces a new Q-sort to assess IMPCs and provides evidence for the interindividual variability and the short-term consistency of IMPC. By following nonmarried couples over a 9-month period, Study 2 replicated findings from Study 1 and demonstrated that, overall, the current concept of congruence predicts relationship outcomes better than both personality similarity and the partner's individual personality traits.
Marcel R Zentner
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Multicenter Study; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of personality and social psychology     Volume:  89     ISSN:  0022-3514     ISO Abbreviation:  J Pers Soc Psychol     Publication Date:  2005 Aug 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2005-09-15     Completed Date:  2005-12-13     Revised Date:  2011-11-03    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0014171     Medline TA:  J Pers Soc Psychol     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  242-56     Citation Subset:  IM    
Copyright Information:
2005 APA, all rights reserved
Department of Psychology, University of Geneva, Geneva, Switzerland.
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MeSH Terms
Interpersonal Relations*
Longitudinal Studies
Personal Satisfaction
Regression Analysis
Social Desirability

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