Predicting marital satisfaction from self, partner, and couple characteristics: Is it me, you, or us?

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

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Past research on the link between personal characteristics and marital satisfaction has taken either an individual or a dyadic approach. The individual approach examines how self and/or partner characteristics are associated with satisfaction, whereas the dyadic approach focuses on couple characteristics such as couple similarity. The current research was designed to integrate both approaches. A modified Actor-Partner Interdependence Model (Kashy & Kenny, 2000) was proposed to test simultaneously the contributions of self characteristics, partner characteristics, and two types of couple similarity (level similarity measured by the absolute difference score and shape similarity measured by the profile correlation) in predicting husbands' and wives' marital satisfaction. This model was tested by structural equation modeling in two large, nationally representative, urban samples (N=536 and 537 couples) from China. The results were largely replicated across four personality domains and two value domains, suggesting that all predictors tended to make independent contributions to satisfaction except the absolute difference score.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1231-1266
Number of pages36
JournalJournal of Personality
Issue number5
StatePublished - Oct 2008

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Social Psychology


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