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The Explanatory Power of Adverse Relationship Experiences in Predicting Neuroticism

Kathryn Simms1 and Sara Bock1
  • 1 Norfolk State University, United States


Positive correlations have been detected consistently between adverse relationship experiences (i.e., traumatic interpersonal events such as intimate partner violence) and a broad range of mental health disorders (e.g., depression). However, associations between adverse relationship experiences and personality have been under examined. Consequently, the purpose of this study was to evaluate the relationship between adverse relationship experiences and one facet of personality, neuroticism. Analyses consisted of Repeat Measures, Mixed Linear Modeling conducted on the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health (N = 3,726). Adverse relationship experiences explained 11% of the variability in neuroticism, whereas changes in self-reported neurotic symptomology over time explained 53% of the total variability in neuroticism. Adverse relationship experiences appeared to account for only a modest portion of self-reported neurotic symptomology and neurotic symptomology itself was relatively unstable.

Current Research in Psychology
Volume 3 No. 2, 2012, 43-48


Submitted On: 17 September 2012 Published On: 27 February 2013

How to Cite: Simms, K. & Bock, S. (2012). The Explanatory Power of Adverse Relationship Experiences in Predicting Neuroticism. Current Research in Psychology, 3(2), 43-48.

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  • Neuroticism
  • Personality
  • State or Trait
  • Adverse Relationship Experiences