What is it about?

Neuroticism, or negative emotionality, is linked with worse relationship outcomes. We studied 154 independent samples, and found that neuroticism and relationship quality are robustly inversely related to one another. We found similar results in samples from different countries, in samples of different sexual orientations, and whether data were collected at one single time point or across a long time.

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Why is it important?

We utilize data from 154 independent samples, making this a large meta-analysis to build upon the work of previous researchers with smaller samples. Anyone in a relationship falls somewhere on the continuum of negative emotionality, so this work is applicable to many.


The most helpful parts of this publication lies in three areas: 1) the vast amount of included studies allow for sophisticated statistical inference, 2) the findings are broadly applicable to anyone in relationships, and 3) we delineate ideas for future research to eliminate existing gaps, and specify clinical applications for couples' therapists working with individuals who are high in neuroticism.

Charlotte Esplin
Sam Houston State University

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This page is a summary of: Neuroticism and relationship quality: A meta-analytic review., Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, May 2024, American Psychological Association (APA),
DOI: 10.1037/pspi0000463.
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