Sunday, November 6, 2011

9 papers about interpersonal relations with emphasis on couples

Acta de Investigación Psicológica, agosto 2011, Vol. 1, N°2, es una publicación cuatrimestral editada por la Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México.
Psychological Research Records, August 2011
special issue on interpersonal relations with emphasis on couples

The aim of this special issue of the Psychological Research Minutes focusing on Personal Relationships is to showcase the research conducted by the leading figures of Mexico and the world in the field of close relationships; and with it, stimulate interest and new research trails in this fascinating and increasingly applied area of the social and behavioral sciences. Throughout the issue, the antecedents, processes and consequences of variables involved in the positive and negative outcomes of close encounters is masterfully conceptualized, analyzed and researched in each article.

Dr. Susan Sprecher at page 187 writes about:
"Relationship Compatibility, Compatible Matches, and Compatibility Matching"
Compatibilidad de la Relación, Parejas Afines y Compatibilidad del Emparejamiento
Many leading Internet dating sites claim to be able to find compatible matches for singles, and that they use principles from Relationship Science to generate their matching algorithms. In this article, I first discuss how "relationship compatibility" has been studied in Relationship Science. It is generally not directly studied, but inferred from related constructs, including satisfaction, commitment, and endurance of the relationship. Second, I discuss three principles that are referred to in Relationship Science as defining a pair being a "compatible match". These principles are similarity, complementarity, and matching (on same level of socially desirable characteristics, regardless of whether they are the same or different between partners). In the final section, I discuss what aspects of science are being used at the Internet dating sites to create compatible matches.
personal characteristics that are found to be associated with relationship satisfaction and the other traveling companions of relationship compatibility include agreeableness, emotional stability, extraversion, high self-esteem, and secure attachment style. Conversely, the personality characteristics, neuroticism and insecure attachment style, have been linked to lower quality relationships.
considerable research indicates that similarity contributes to compatibility. In fact, some writers have  equated similarity with compatibility.
The similarity effect, referring to similarity leading to attraction and satisfaction, has been described as one of the most well-established findings in the study of interpersonal attraction.
Dijkstra and Barelds (2008) had their participants complete measures of the Big Five Personality characteristics (openness, agreeableness, conscientiousness, extraversion, neuroticism) and then indicate how much they would desire the same personal characteristics in a potential mate. Strong correlations were found between the individuals' own personality characteristics and the degree to which they desired the personality characteristics in a mate.

Do you remember my post Three words in compatibility matching methods?
Three words with different meanings for different persons or companies!
Compatibility, Personality, Similarity
Latest Research in Theories of Romantic Relationships Development shows: compatibility is all about a high level on personality* similarity** between prospective mates for long term mating with commitment.
*Although no actual fresh paper uses the 16PF normative personality test (they mostly use different versions of the normative Big5 personality test instead) and linear or logistic multivariate regression equations to calculate similarity, they clearly show a connection between personality similarity and marital happiness / dyadic success (stability and satisfaction) for some persons.
**Similarity is a word that has different meanings for different persons or companies, it exactly depends on how mathematically is defined.

Please read also: victims of human experimentation ?

other authors of the special issue:
Mirta Margarita Flores Galaz at page 216
"Conflict and Communication: their Impact on Marital Satisfaction"

Judith A. Feeney at page 233
"Adult Attachment and Conflict Behavior: Delineating the Links"

Rozzana Sánchez Aragón at page 254
"Emotional Structure of Romantic Passion Intensity"

Miriam Sang-Ah Park, Robin Goodwin, Szabolcs Gergó Harsányi & Jung-Ae Kim at page 274
"Macro-Level Factors & their Influence on Family Perceptions in Two Cultures"

Sofía Rivera Aragón, Rolando Díaz Loving, Gerardo Benjamín Tonatiuh Villanueva Orozco & Nancy Montero Santamaria at page 298
"Conflict as a Precouser of Infidelity"

Clyde Hendrick, Susan S. Hendrick & Tammy L. Zacchilli at page 316
"Respect and Love in Romantic Relationships"

Rolando Diaz Loving at page 330
"Current Mesoamerican Couples: Cultural Heritage; Families in Transition; Sustainable Relationships"

Marianne Dainton at page 352
"Linking Theoretical Explanations for the Use of Marital Maintenance: Equity, Uncertainty, Attachment, and Reciprocity"

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