The authors wish to thank Dr. John Thibaut for his assistance and encouragement in planning this study. Thanks also are due to Doris Kaneklides who helped us in data collection and to Chester lnsko for his comments on an early version of this manuscript.
Roommate Compatibility: Is There An Ideal Relationship?1
Article first published online: 31 JUL 2006
Journal of Applied Social Psychology
Volume 9, Issue 5, pages 432–445, October 1979
How to Cite
Wetzel, C. G., Schwartz, D. and Vasu, E. S. (1979), Roommate Compatibility: Is There An Ideal Relationship?. Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 9: 432–445. doi: 10.1111/j.1559-1816.1979.tb02717.x
- Issue published online: 31 JUL 2006
- Article first published online: 31 JUL 2006
Three theories of interpersonal attraction were tested for their ability to predict roommates' compatibility. The similarity hypothesis (that we are attracted to and compatible with people who are similar to our self-concepts) received moderate support; the social desirability hypothesis (that we are attracted to and compatible with people who possess socially desirable traits) received scant support. The ideal hypothesis (that we are attracted to and compatible with people who are similar to our ideals) received strong support. The utility of these theories in terms of preinteractionally matching students in order to maximize compatibility was found to be minimal because it could not be assumed that students peiceive their roommates in the same manner as their roommates perceive themselves.