Journal of Adult Development

, Volume 26, Issue 4, pp 275–285 | Cite as

Personality Traits and Attachment Orientations: Longitudinal Associations Around the Event of Childbirth

  • Sarah GaldioloEmail author
  • Isabelle Roskam


The current study examined the longitudinal associations of the Big Five personality traits (i.e., Neuroticism, Extraversion, Agreeableness, Openness to Experience, and Conscientiousness) with attachment orientations (i.e., Anxiety and Avoidance) around the event of childbirth. For this purpose, the authors conducted a three-wave longitudinal research program (second prepartum trimester, 6 months postpartum, and 1 year postpartum) using cross-lagged models on 204 parental couples. The results showed that (a) Neuroticism was longitudinally associated with Anxiety and (b) Extraversion was associated within time points with Avoidance.


Personality traits Attachment orientations Childbirth Longitudinal associations 



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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Systemic Clinic PsychologyUniversité de MonsMonsBelgium
  2. 2.Institute of Research in Psychological ScienceUniversité Catholique de LouvainLouvain-la-NeuveBelgium

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