Predicting romantic relationship satisfaction from life history strategy

Sally Olderbak, Aurelio José Figueredo

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Attachment style and communication style have been shown in previous research to predict relationship satisfaction. We hypothesized that the ultimate cause underlying the relationship among attachment style, communication style, and relationship satisfaction is Life History Strategy (LHS). Furthermore, we hypothesized that LHS would not only predict relationship satisfaction indirectly through a couple's attachment style and communication style, but would also predict relationship satisfaction directly. Two structural equation models were constructed to model and test each of these hypotheses. The first showed that the indirect causal pathways from LHS to attachment style, attachment style to communication style, and communication style to relationship satisfaction predicted 16% of the variance in relationship satisfaction. The second added a causal pathway directly from LHS to relationship satisfaction which reduced the estimate for the influence of communication style on relationship satisfaction and increased the total variance predicted in relationship satisfaction to 60%. These results challenge the notion that it is primarily the communication between two romantic partners which influences their relationship outcome by proposing that their LHS may be influential: (1) indirectly through their attachment style and communication style; and (2) directly upon relationship satisfaction.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)604-610
Number of pages7
JournalPersonality and Individual Differences
Issue number5-6
StatePublished - Apr 2009


  • Attachment style
  • Communication
  • Life history strategy
  • Relationship satisfaction

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Psychology


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