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Interpersonal dependency A personality trait or a relationship status variable?

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Description: Prior studies have assumed that interpersonal dependency is a trait that is stable across time and place (e.g., Sroufe, Fox, & Pancake, 1983). However, few studies are available to determine whether dependent behavior changes across different relationships. The current study tested the hypothesis that dependency is more contextualized than personality traits using informant raters to evaluate differences in agreement for traits versus dependency measures across two contexts. Participants' parents and a same-sex peer were used as the contextual informants. Informants completed the Relationship Profile Test (Bornstein & Languirand, 2003) and the Interpersonal Dependency Inventory (Hirschfeld et al., 1977) to assess dependency, and the NEO Five Factor Inventory (NEO-FFI; Costa & McCrae, 1992) to assess basic traits. Significantly higher correlations between informants were observed for the five personality traits versus the four dependent behaviors, indicating that an individual's dependency might vary more than traits across relationships.
Language: English
Format: Degree Work