Intimacy Motivation and Psychosocial Adjustment: A Longitudinal Study

Dan P. Mcadams, George E. Vaillant

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Longitudinal data of 57 middle-aged men from the Grant Study of Adult Development were analyzed in terms of nine indices of psychosocial adjustment and four social motives: Achievement, power, affiliation, and intimacy motivation. The Thematic Apperception Test (TAT), administered in 1950-52, was scored for the four motives. Psychosocial adjustment, determined by ratings made primarily with reference to life history data gathered between 1950 and 1967, was comprised of scores on income level, occupational promotion, occupational enjoyment, days of sick leave, marital enjoyment, regular vacations, pastimes with friends, drug or alcohol misuse, and psychiatric visits. High intimacy motivation at age 30 was significantly associated with better adjustment 17 years later. The results are discussed in terms of contemporary theories of psychosocial adaptation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)586-593
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Personality Assessment
Issue number6
StatePublished - Dec 1982

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health
  • Health, Toxicology and Mutagenesis


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