The Company You Keep : Personality and Friendship Characteristics

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Laakasuo , M , Rotkirch , A , Berg , V & Jokela , M 2017 , ' The Company You Keep : Personality and Friendship Characteristics ' , Social Psychological and Personality Science , vol. 8 , no. 1 , pp. 66-73 . https://doi.org/10.1177/1948550616662126

Title: The Company You Keep : Personality and Friendship Characteristics
Author: Laakasuo, Michael; Rotkirch, Anna; Berg, Venla; Jokela, Markus
Contributor: University of Helsinki, Medicum
University of Helsinki, Vaestoliitto Finnish Family Federat, Family Federation of Finland, Populat Res Inst
University of Helsinki, Vaestoliitto Finnish Family Federat, Family Federation of Finland, Populat Res Inst
University of Helsinki, Medicum
Date: 2017-01
Language: eng
Number of pages: 8
Belongs to series: Social Psychological and Personality Science
ISSN: 1948-5506
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10138/311735
Abstract: Studies on personality and friendship have focused on similarities between friends, while differences in friendship patterns have received less attention. We used data from the British Household Panel Survey data (N = 12,098) to investigate how people's personalities are related to various characteristics of their three closest friends. All personality traits of the five-factor model were associated with several friendship characteristics with effect sizes corresponding to correlations between .06 and .09. Openness was especially prominent and idiosyncratic; individuals with high (vs. low) openness were about 3% more likely to have friends who live further away, are of the opposite sex and another ethnicity, and whom they meet less often. Agreeableness and extroversion were related to more traditional friendship ties. Individuals with high agreeableness had known their friends for a longer time, lived close to them, and had more "stay-at-homes" among their friends.
Subject: friendship
personality
Big Five Model
social ties
UK
SOCIAL NETWORKS
LIFE-COURSE
TRAITS
EXPERIENCES
MODEL
METAANALYSIS
LONELINESS
MECHANISMS
TOLERANCE
ADULTHOOD
5144 Social psychology
515 Psychology
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