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Elizabeth Goncy


Dating violence in the United States is a prevalent topic of discussion that has recently accumulated a heavy amount of discussion both from influential leaders as well as the general public, especially in regard to the MeToo Movement. Dating violence has significantly impacted the way we study intimate young adult relationships. Personality traits affect every aspect of daily behavior and responses to situations individuals experience throughout their lifetime, including the way partners in a relationship behave and respond. Using McCrae and Costa’s Five Factor Model of Personality, the “Big Five” traits that were examined are Openness, Conscientiousness, Extraversion, Agreeableness, and Neuroticism. By analyzing the results of a personality inventory, four traits: Openness, Conscientiousness, Agreeableness, and Neuroticism, were hypothesized to show correlated data to responses on dyadic dating vignettes. After the study was completed, only Extraversion and Openness showed significant results. Through the use of this study, the effect that personality has on young adult relationships can be better understood. In addition, this study may be beneficial to the development of new measuring techniques.

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The Effects of Personality on Dyadic Discussions of Dating Violence