Personality Traits and Spousal Preferences in Young Adults

Author: Nida Manzoor

Supervisor: Shaista Naheed & Fatima Kamran, PhD

Degree: M.Sc

Year: 2014-2016

University: Institute of Applied Psychology, Punjab University, Lahore, Pakistan


The present study was conducted to investigate the relationship between personality traits and spousal preferences in young adults. Correlational research design was used in this study. Convenient sampling technique was used for the recruitment of the participants. The sample comprised of 182 young adults, 91 males with age range of 19-29 years (M = 23.14,  SD = 2.39) and 91 females with age range of 19-28 years (M = 22.85, SD = 1.96). Data was collected from three universities in Lahore. Ten-Item Personality Inventory (Gosling, Rentfrow, & Swan, 2003) was used to assess the personality traits and Mate Selection Scale (Waris & Tariq, 2013) was used to assess the spousal preferences. Pearson Product Moment Correlation and Hierarchical Regression analysis were used for analysis. Findings of the study showed that there is a relationship between socio-demographic factors (i.e., gender, age, and education), personality traits (Extraversion, Conscientiousness, Emotional Stability and Openness to new experiences) and spousal preferences among young adults. Personality traits predicted spousal preferences after controlling for demographic factors. This study finding is helpful for the young adults for selecting future spouse possessing similar characteristics.

Keywords: Personality Traits, Spousal Preferences, Young Adults.

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