Deciding to Dissolve: Individual- and Relationship-Level Predictors of Roommate Breakup
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.
Bahns, A. J., Crandall, C. S., Canevello, A., & Crocker, J. (2013). Deciding to dissolve: Individual- and relationship-level predictors of roommate breakup. Basic and Applied Social Psychology, 35, 164-175. doi: 10.1080/01973533.2013.764301