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Doctor of Education (Ed.D.)




Fred L. Adair


This study was designed to examine the relationship of age to psychological type (as defined by the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator) in couples entering marriage. The search for correlations between factors of mate selection has produced positive results in the area of census data, but the area of personality variables has yielded only slight positive results.;One hundred and seventy couples were chosen from a population of six hundred on the basis of age. The two categories consisted of 117 couples 18-22 years of age, and 53 couples 35-70 years of age. The results of the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator were subjected to two different treatments. The first method was to compare the number of shared preferences in each of the two age groups, while the second treatment converted the function preferences to communication indices.;The first hypothesis that the older couples would share more preferences than the younger couples was not supported. The second hypothesis that the older couples would achieve significantly higher communication scores was not supported either. This study did not find a significant correlation between age and psychological type in couples entering marriage.



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