This research was funded by a grant to Richard Koestner from the Fonds Pour La Formation De Chercheurs Et L'Aide A La Recherche (FCAR-Quebec) and by the Social Science and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC-Canada). Jennifer Aube was funded by a graduate fellowship from the SSHRC-Canada. We thank Sara Marchese for her assistance in collecting the data, and John Lydon for his helpful comments concerning a previous version of this article.
Gender Characteristics and Relationship Adjustment: Another Look at Similarity-Complementarity Hypotheses
Article first published online: 28 APR 2006
Journal of Personality
Volume 63, Issue 4, pages 879–904, December 1995
How to Cite
Aube, J. and Koestner, R. (1995), Gender Characteristics and Relationship Adjustment: Another Look at Similarity-Complementarity Hypotheses. Journal of Personality, 63: 879–904. doi: 10.1111/j.1467-6494.1995.tb00319.x
- Issue published online: 28 APR 2006
- Article first published online: 28 APR 2006
- Manuscript received April 14, 1993: revised July 7, 1994.
ABSTRACT The present study examined how the similarity and complementarity of gender-related attitudes, behaviors, interests, and personality traits related to partner selection and relationship adjustment in the context of serious, romantic relationships. Results revealed the important role of gender-related attitudes in relationships, indicating that study participants tended to be paired with partners who held similar attitudes, and that couples who were similar in attitudes had higher dyadic adjustment. Furthermore, the nature of the couples' attitudes affected (a) the extent to which couples were paired on the basis of complementary interests and behaviors, and (b) the relation between partner's gender-related behaviors and dyadic adjustment. Results support previous research citing the importance of attitude similarity in interpersonal attraction, and demonstrate that these findings can be generalized to ongoing, close relationships.