Title

Person-environment fit and its limits: Agreeableness, neuroticism, and emotional reactivity to interpersonal conflict

Document Type

Article

Peer Reviewed

1

Publication Date

1-1-1998

NLM Title Abbreviation

Person Soc Psychol Bull

Journal/Book/Conference Title

Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin

DOI of Published Version

10.1177/0146167298241007

Abstract

A naturalistic diary study was conducted to investigate the degree to which agreeableness and neuroticism moderate emotional reactions to conflict and nonconflict problems. Healthy community-residing males made diary recordings at the end of each of 8 successive days concerning problem occurrence and daily mood. Consistent with predictions based on person-environment fit, participants who scored higher in agreeableness experienced more subjective distress when they encountered more interpersonal conflicts than did their less agreeable counterparts. Neuroticism was related to a small but consistent reactivity to both conflict and nonconflict problems, contrary to person-environment fit. Reasons for the differences in the affective dynamics of agreeableness and neuroticism are discussed.

Published Article/Book Citation

Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 24:1 (1998) pp.88-98. DOI:doi: 10.1177/0146167298241007.

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URL

https://ir.uiowa.edu/nursing_pubs/945