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Should i stay or should i go? Attachment and personality in stable and instable romantic relationships†
Article first published online: 6 OCT 2006
Copyright © 2006 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
European Journal of Personality
Special Issue: Personality Change
Volume 20, Issue 6, pages 475–495, September 2006
How to Cite
Lehnart, J. and Neyer, F. J. (2006), Should i stay or should i go? Attachment and personality in stable and instable romantic relationships. Eur. J. Pers., 20: 475–495. doi: 10.1002/per.606
- Issue published online: 6 OCT 2006
- Article first published online: 6 OCT 2006
- Manuscript Accepted: 18 AUG 2006
- Manuscript Received: 27 MAR 2006
- personality development;
- romantic relationships;
- young adulthood
Attachment, relationship satisfaction and personality were measured in a representative longitudinal sample of young adults over 8 years with three measurement occasions. The dynamics between personality and relationship development were examined in two groups: stable continuers (N = 133), who remained with the same partner, and relationship changers (N = 92), who ended their partnership and entered into a new relationship. Partnership satisfaction but not personality predicted relationship stability. Neuroticism and attachment quality were more stable in continuers than in changers. Cross-lagged analyses of personality and relationship quality revealed a more consistent pattern of reciprocal influences in stable relationships, showing that dynamic transactions between personality and relationship quality are more likely to occur in stable social environments. Copyright © 2006 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.