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Volume 61 Issue 3 (September 1988), Pages 209-304

Psychological adjustment, close personal relationships and personality (pages 285-290)

The finding (Cramer, 1985) that psychological adjustment is positively related to facilitative relationship quality for females but not for males was not supported in a study of 61 couples. For males, both relationship quality and personality characteristics of neuroticism and extraversion were significantly related to psychological adjustment. However, for females, perceived relationship quality was not related to well‐being once the effects of personality characteristics were controlled for. These findings are consistent with other reports of gender and sex‐ role differences in the process of social relationship support utilization. The findings may have implications for marital counselling.

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