Title

Deciding to Dissolve: Individual- and Relationship-Level Predictors of Roommate Breakup

Department

Psychology

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

3-19-2013

Abstract

The desire to change roommates served as a model of nonromantic relationship dissolution within 115 college roommate dyads. We measured personality, mental health, social/communication patterns, and academic achievement attitudes over the course of a semester, and we used multilevel modeling to estimate individual-level and relationship-level predictors of dissolution. Self-characteristics (e.g., one’s own depression), roommate characteristics (e.g., roommate’s poor communication) and relationship characteristics (e.g., similarity in attitudes toward competition) each increased desire to end the roommate relationship. In these data, unique contributions from one’s own psychological health, one’s own and one’s roommate’s social/communication style, and roommates’ attitude similarity predicted relationship dissolution.

Comments

This is an Author’s Accepted Manuscript of an article published in Basic and Applied Social Psychology, Vol. 35, pp. 164-175, copyright Taylor & Francis, available online at: 10.1080/01973533.2013.764301

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