This research was supported by National Institutes of Health Grant RO1MH43948 to Ravenna Helson.
The Personality of Young Adult Couples and Wives' Work Patterns
Version of Record online: 28 APR 2006
Journal of Personality
Volume 60, Issue 3, pages 575–597, September 1992
How to Cite
Helson, R. and Roberts, B. (1992), The Personality of Young Adult Couples and Wives' Work Patterns. Journal of Personality, 60: 575–597. doi: 10.1111/j.1467-6494.1992.tb00921.x
- Issue online: 28 APR 2006
- Version of Record online: 28 APR 2006
- Manuscript received October 30, 1990: revised July 19, 1991.
ABSTRACT The influence of personality in 63 couples at the time of family formation on wives' work patterns 15 years later was examined in variable-centered and person/couple-centered ways. Four factor dimensions on the Adjective Check List assessed personality. Work patterns were assessed with measures of type, amount, and status of work and with schematic work narratives describing characters and plots abstracted from wives' mid-life data. Hierarchical regression analyses showed individuality of husbands to affect work outcomes after wives' college-age goals, their young adult personality, and the duration of marriages were taken into account. Conjoint high-low patterns of individuality in 34 couples were associated with different schematic work stories. These stories show distinctive personality and relational correlates at age 27. They flesh out and qualify hypotheses that individualistic partners would be open to women's careers and would show revealing strategies of combining self- and other interests in the transition to parenthood.