Do birds of a feather flock together in China?

Hao Chen, Shanhong Luo, Guoan Yue, Dan Xu, Ruixue Zhaoyang

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Evidence of couple similarity was examined in 2 nationally representative samples (Ns = 536 and 537 couples) from mainland China. Variable-centered and couple-centered tests provided convergent results suggesting that husbands and wives were considerably similar on characteristics of 3 broad categories: demographic variables, values, and personality. Additional tests suggest that value and personality similarities were not likely to be due to social homogamy, convergence, response biases, or culture-unique characteristics. Whereas the couple similarity on demographics and values largely mirrors what has been observed in Western research, Chinese couples' consistent and strong similarity on personality domains presents a striking contrast to Western couples who share little systematic similarity on personality.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)167-186
Number of pages20
JournalPersonal Relationships
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jun 2009

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Anthropology
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Social Psychology
  • Life-span and Life-course Studies


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