Document Type

Article

Publication Date

12-2006

Publication Source

Journal of Social and Personal Relationships

Abstract

This study utilized an idiographic approach to investigate the relation between similarity on valued characteristics and relationship success. College students (N = 247) rated their current romantic partner on perceived similarity in personality, attitudes, interests, and religious affiliation; the importance of similarity in these dimensions; and relationship satisfaction. Relationship status was assessed 6 weeks later. Results revealed significant similarity by importance interactions for religion and interests in predicting satisfaction. Participants with high perceived similarity in religion or interests reported greater satisfaction than did their low similarity counterparts, but only to the extent that they rated this type of similarity as being important to them. Similar results were found for attitudes in predicting Time 2 outcomes.

Inclusive pages

865-880

ISBN/ISSN

0265-4075

Document Version

Postprint

Comments

Article available for download is the authors' accepted manuscript. Some differences may exist between the manuscript and the published version; as such, researchers wishing to quote directly from this resource are advised to consult the version of record. See the publisher's website to view the version of record.

Volume

23

Issue

6

Peer Reviewed

yes