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Christopher Radi, MA

PSYCHOLOGY MASTER’S THESIS ABSTRACT
MA-Research
May 1997

Compartmentalization of Social Relationships and the Relationship Among Agreeableness, Extraversion and
Measures of Hostility, Tendency to Value Intimate Relationships, and Perceptions of Parental Affection

    The purpose of this study was to determine the relationship the ability to compartmentalize social relationships has on aspects of personality, close relationships, and perceptions of parental attributes.  Evidence was sought for a discrete systems perspective of personality.  The results lend support to the position that personality systems exhibit a firm affective core.  Regression analyses revealed that compartmentalization was strongly associated with a measure of hostility.  An evolutionary perspective of personality was pursued through exploratory analyses examining mean sex differences and grouped comparisons across variables.  Some evidence was found for sex differentiated patterns in the Five-factor Model of personality.  Evidence of discrete systems of personality were not entirely clear.  The structure of the NEO-PI-R in relation to the circumplex model of interpersonal behavior, the role of compartmentalization as a psychological phenomenon, and methodological suggestions for future research of this type are discussed.