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The Prospective Power of Personality Factors for Family Formation and Dissolution Processes among Males: Evidence from Swedish Register Data

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posted on 2023-01-26, 18:28 authored by Steffen Peters

Personality plays an essential role with respect to important life outcomes such as education or career success. Although these outcomes are linked with family formation processes, the association between personality and family formation (dissolution) has been underexplored in demographic research. My study contributes to existing research by examining the prospective association between two personality facets (social maturity (SM), and emotional stability (ES)) and family formation and dissolution processes, i.e. 1) marital status, 2) fertility, and 3) partnership dissolution as both a) divorce and b) cohabitation dissolution, based on large Swedish register data. Poisson regression, Linear Probability, and Cox proportional hazard models were applied for different outcomes. My findings suggest that males with high scores on SM and ES measured at age of assignment to military service (17-20 years) are more likely to get married by age 39 and higher. Regarding fertility, SM and ES reveal positive associations with offspring counts and negative associations with the probability of remaining childless by age 39 and higher. Relationship dissolution is linked with SM via a U-shape pattern, i.e. highest and lowest scores on this trait are associated with higher separation risks. Further analyses using sibling comparisons support these findings.

Funding

the Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research in Rostock, Germany

History

ISSN

2002-617X

Original title

The Prospective Power of Personality Factors for Family Formation and Dissolution Processes among Males: Evidence from Swedish Register Data

Original language

English

Publication date

2022-12-19

Affiliation (institution of first SU-affiliated author)

310 Sociologiska institutionen | Department of Sociology

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public

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