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Hereditary influence on the normal personality using the MMPI. II. Prospective assortative mating

Abstract

Ninety-seven married couples were ascertained from a group of 4000 ninth grade students who had taken the MMPI while in the Minneapolis public school system in 1947. These test scores allowed for personality evaluation before the time of mate selection. Comparisons of the couples' scores were therefore prospective measures of the degree of assortative mating. Correlations on the scales of the test revealed positive assortative mating for scales 6-Pa and 7-Pt and to a lesser extent for 8-Sc. An excess of significant scale intercorrelations was found. An analysis of the mating frequencies of the psychologically informative one-high-point and one-low-point codes indicated random mating for all one-point code classes.

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This research was supported by NIH grant MH-10679.

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Hill, M.S. Hereditary influence on the normal personality using the MMPI. II. Prospective assortative mating. Behav Genet 3, 225–232 (1973). https://doi.org/10.1007/BF01067599

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Keywords

  • Public School
  • Random Mating
  • Grade Student
  • Married Couple
  • Normal Personality