Shyness and marriage: Does shyness shape even established relationships?

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Levi R. Baker, Assistant Professor (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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Abstract: Do shy people struggle to maintain their relationships just as they struggle to develop them? The current research addressed this question through one cross-sectional and one longitudinal study in which recently married couples reported their levels of shyness, relationship self-efficacy, marital problem severity, and marital satisfaction. Multilevel modeling revealed that (a) shyness was negatively associated with concurrent marital satisfaction in Study 1 and with declines in marital satisfaction in Study 2, (b) the association between shyness and satisfaction was mediated by low levels of relationship self-efficacy in Study 1 and Study 2, and (c) the association between relationship self-efficacy and concurrent marital satisfaction was mediated by concurrent marital problems in Study 1, and the association between relationship self-efficacy and declines in marital satisfaction was mediated by worsening marital problems in Study 2. These findings join a growing body of research demonstrating the cognitive mechanisms through which personality shapes relationships.

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Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 36(5), 665-676. Copyright © 2010 (The authors). DOI: 10.1177/0146167210367489.
Language: English
Date: 2010
shyness, marriage, relationship self-efficacy, relationship maintenance, personality, longitudinal

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