This research was supported by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG; NE633/2-2) and the International Max Planck Research School “The Life Course: Evolutionary and Ontogenetic Dynamics (LIFE).” We thank Michaela Turss, Cornelia Wrzus, and two anonymous reviewers for most valuable comments and discussion on an earlier draft of this article.
Long-Term Effects of Social Investment: The Case of Partnering in Young Adulthood
Article first published online: 15 MAR 2010
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Journal of Personality
Volume 78, Issue 2, pages 639–670, April 2010
How to Cite
Lehnart, J., Neyer, F. J. and Eccles, J. (2010), Long-Term Effects of Social Investment: The Case of Partnering in Young Adulthood. Journal of Personality, 78: 639–670. doi: 10.1111/j.1467-6494.2010.00629.x
- Issue published online: 15 MAR 2010
- Article first published online: 15 MAR 2010
ABSTRACT On the basis of the assumptions of the dynamic transactional paradigm, the current study investigates the effects of success and failure of social investment on personality development across young adulthood. Using longitudinal data from the Michigan Study of Adolescent and Adult Life Transitions (MSALT), the authors demonstrate that entering into the first long-term romantic relationship was accompanied by decreases in facets of neuroticism, thereby fully replicating findings by Neyer and Lehnart (2007) based on a German longitudinal study. In addition, remaining single over 8 years was related to decreasing self-esteem, especially for men. These results demonstrate long-term effects of investment and lack of investment in social roles and provide further evidence of the interrelatedness of social or relationship experiences and personality development.