The role of personalities in the marital adjustment of Japanese couples

Zi Chen, Tanaka Nao, Masayo Uji, Hidetoshi Hiramura, Noriko Shikai, Shigeki Fujihara, Toshinori Kltamura, Genevieve Bouchard, Zepnep Hamamcý, Norm O'Rourke

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The link between marital adjustment and personality was investigated in 66 Japanese married couples using Locke and Wallace's Short Marital Adjustment Test (SMAT; Locke & Wallace, 1959) and the Eysenck Personality Questionnaire (EPQ; Eysenck & Eysenck, 1975). Structural equation modeling suggests that the husband's neuroticism score is related to the wife's marital satisfaction as is the wife's dyadic consensus score, although to a lesser extent, while the wife's extraversion score is related to the husband's marital satisfaction. Spouses' marital satisfactions were correlated with each other. The study suggests that the personality traits of a partner can predict an individual's marital adjustment.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)561-572
Number of pages12
JournalSocial Behavior and Personality
Issue number4
StatePublished - 1 Aug 2007
Externally publishedYes


  • Extraversion
  • Marital adjustment
  • Neuroticism
  • Personality

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology


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