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Peer Review Status: Refereed
Title: For better or for worse: The moderating effects of personality on the marriage-life satisfaction link
Authors: Boyce, Christopher J
Wood, Alex M
Ferguson, Eamonn
Contact Email: christopher.boyce@stir.ac.uk
Keywords: Marriage
Life satisfaction
Personality
Subjective well-being
Adaptation
Issue Date: Jul-2016
Publisher: Elsevier
Citation: Boyce CJ, Wood AM & Ferguson E (2016) For better or for worse: The moderating effects of personality on the marriage-life satisfaction link, Personality and Individual Differences, 97, pp. 61-66.
Abstract: On average, marriage tends to lead to temporary increases in life satisfaction, which quickly return to pre-marital levels. This general pattern, however, does not consider the personality of individuals entering into marriage. We examine whether following marriage pre-marital personality predicts different changes to life satisfaction in a sample of initially single German adults (N=2015), completing life satisfaction measures and indicating their marital status yearly for 8years (during which 468 married). We find that conscientious women experience greater life satisfaction following marriage than less conscientious women. Our data also indicate that introverted women and extraverted men experience longer-term life satisfaction benefits following marriage. Our results refute the claim of limited life satisfaction effects from marriage and caution against relying on average effects when examining the influence of life events on well-being.
Type: Journal Article
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1893/23306
DOI Link: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.paid.2016.03.005
Rights: This item has been embargoed for a period. During the embargo please use the Request a Copy feature at the foot of the Repository record to request a copy directly from the author. You can only request a copy if you wish to use this work for your own research or private study. Accepted refereed manuscript of: Boyce CJ, Wood AM & Ferguson E (2016) For better or for worse: The moderating effects of personality on the marriage-life satisfaction link, Personality and Individual Differences, 97, pp. 61-66. DOI: 10.1016/j.paid.2016.03.005 © 2016, Elsevier. Licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/
Affiliation: Management Work and Organisation
Management Work and Organisation
University of Nottingham

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