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Personality similarity, perceptual accuracy, and relationship satisfaction in dating and married couples

Mieke Decuyper (UGent) , Marleen De Bolle (UGent) and Filip De Fruyt (UGent)
(2012) PERSONAL RELATIONSHIPS. 19(1). p.128-145
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The association between actual and perceptual personality similarity and perceptual accuracy on relationship satisfaction is examined in 191 couples. Self- and partner ratings of personality were assessed using the NEO-PI-R (Costa & McCrae, 1992) and relationship satisfaction using the Relationship Assessment Scale (RAS; Hendrick, Dicke, & Hendrick, 1998). Actual and perceptual similarity and perceptual accuracy were quantified using the index of profile agreement (McCrae; 1993) and Cronbach and Gleser’s (1953) D-indices. These indices showed large variability in personality profiles within couples and considerable perceptual accuracy between raters. Actual similarity was positively associated with female relationship satisfaction, controlling for personality traits of both partners. Moreover, partial support was obtained for the positive associations between perceptual similarity and accuracy and relationship satisfaction.
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CENTERED APPROACH, SELF, POSITIVE ILLUSIONS, MARITAL SATISFACTION, QUALITY, AGREEMENT, RATINGS, ATTRACTION, STABILITY, PROFILES

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Decuyper, Mieke, Marleen De Bolle, and Filip De Fruyt. 2012. “Personality Similarity, Perceptual Accuracy, and Relationship Satisfaction in Dating and Married Couples.” Personal Relationships 19 (1): 128–145.
APA
Decuyper, Mieke, De Bolle, M., & De Fruyt, F. (2012). Personality similarity, perceptual accuracy, and relationship satisfaction in dating and married couples. PERSONAL RELATIONSHIPS, 19(1), 128–145.
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Decuyper M, De Bolle M, De Fruyt F. Personality similarity, perceptual accuracy, and relationship satisfaction in dating and married couples. PERSONAL RELATIONSHIPS. 2012;19(1):128–45.
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Decuyper, Mieke, Marleen De Bolle, and Filip De Fruyt. “Personality Similarity, Perceptual Accuracy, and Relationship Satisfaction in Dating and Married Couples.” PERSONAL RELATIONSHIPS 19.1 (2012): 128–145. Print.
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  abstract     = {The association between actual and perceptual personality similarity and perceptual accuracy on relationship satisfaction is examined in 191 couples. Self- and partner ratings of personality were assessed using the NEO-PI-R (Costa & McCrae, 1992) and relationship satisfaction using the Relationship Assessment Scale (RAS; Hendrick, Dicke, & Hendrick, 1998). Actual and perceptual similarity and perceptual accuracy were quantified using the index of profile agreement (McCrae; 1993) and Cronbach and Gleser’s (1953) D-indices. These indices showed large variability in personality profiles within couples and considerable perceptual accuracy between raters. Actual similarity was positively associated with female relationship satisfaction, controlling for personality traits of both partners. Moreover, partial support was obtained for the positive associations between perceptual similarity and accuracy and relationship satisfaction.},
  author       = {Decuyper, Mieke and De Bolle, Marleen and De Fruyt, Filip},
  issn         = {1350-4126},
  journal      = {PERSONAL RELATIONSHIPS},
  keywords     = {CENTERED APPROACH,SELF,POSITIVE ILLUSIONS,MARITAL SATISFACTION,QUALITY,AGREEMENT,RATINGS,ATTRACTION,STABILITY,PROFILES},
  language     = {eng},
  number       = {1},
  pages        = {128--145},
  title        = {Personality similarity, perceptual accuracy, and relationship satisfaction in dating and married couples},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1475-6811.2010.01344.x},
  volume       = {19},
  year         = {2012},
}

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