Dyadic characteristics of individual attributes: Attachment, neuroticism, and their relation to marital quality and closeness

Adital Ben-Ari, Yoav Lavee

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Abstract

The present article focuses on couple types based on 2 personality traits, attachment security and neuroticism, as they relate to 2 facets of the marital relationship-a global evaluation of relationship quality and dyadic closeness-distance. The sample consisted of 248 married couples who completed measures of attachment anxiety and avoidance, neuroticism, and marital quality, as well as levels of closeness reported over 7 consecutive days. Cluster analyses yielded 3 types of dyadic attachment configurations (secure, fearful avoidant, and insecure-mixed) and 4 types of dyadic neuroticism (low couple neuroticism, high couple neuroticism, wife neuroticism, and husband neuroticism). Significant differences were found among attachment and neuroticism dyadic types in marital quality. The findings are discussed in terms of the viability of dyadic types based on individual traits, implying that attachment security yields itself to dyadic conceptualization more than neuroticism.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)621-631
Number of pages11
JournalAmerican Journal of Orthopsychiatry
Volume75
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 2005

Keywords

  • Attachment
  • Closeness
  • Dyadic attributes
  • Marital quality
  • Neuroticism

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
  • Psychology (miscellaneous)
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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