Franz J Neyer

Franz J Neyer
Friedrich Schiller University Jena | FSU · Department of Psychology

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Additional affiliations
October 2007 - March 2009
Universität Potsdam
Position
  • Professor (Full)
April 2006 - September 2007
Universität Vechta
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  • Professor (Full)
October 2002 - March 2006
Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
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  • Professor (Associate)
Education
September 1989 - July 2004
Ludwig-Maximilians-University of Munich
Field of study
  • Psychology, Sociology
October 1983 - June 1989

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Publications (170)
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Most people experience their first romantic relationship during adolescence. However, there is also a substantial proportion of youth who remain single during this time. Delaying the transition into the first romantic relationship may be associated with a decrease in self-esteem which might recover or even increase after youth engage in their first...
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There is a longstanding belief in relationship science and popular opinion that women are the barometers in mixed-gender relationships such that their perceptions about the partnership carry more weight than men’s in predicting future relationship satisfaction, but this idea has yet to be rigorously tested. We analyze data from two studies to test...
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Individuals can differ in the degree of closeness they desire in their romantic relationships: Some people may perceive their current level of closeness as just right, whereas others may feel not close enough or too close to their partners (referred to as negative and positive closeness discrepancy, respectively). This study ( N = 1,177 individuals...
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Objective: Throughout their lives, people experience different relationship events, such as beginning or dissolving a romantic relationship. Personality traits predict the occurrence of such relationship events (i.e., selection effects), and relationship events predict changes in personality traits (i.e., socialization effects), summarized as pers...
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Background: The quantity of social relationships and social interactions is positively related to well-being, but the underlying role of personality dispositions in these associations is unclear. The present study investigated whether social motives for affiliation and intimacy moderate associations of personal networks with well-being. Method:...
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Cite as: Bujard, M.; Gummer, T.; Hank, K.; Neyer, F. J.; Pollak, R.; Schneider, N. F.; Spieß, C. K.; Wolf, C.; …; Weih, U. (2022). FReDA-The German Family Demography Panel Study. GESIS, Cologne. ZA7777 Data File Version 1.0.0. http://dx.
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This article introduces the evolution, framework, objectives, and design of the new data infrastructure “FReDA – The German Family Demography Panel Study”, which has been funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) since 2020. FReDA is rooted in the Generation and Gender Survey (GGS) and the German Family Panel (pairfam)....
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Relationship science contends that the quality of couples’ communication predicts relationship satisfaction over time. Most studies testing these links have examined between-person associations, yet couple dynamics are also theorized at the within-person level: For a given couple, worsened communication is presumed to predict deteriorations in futu...
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Engaging in a romantic relationship is a key developmental task of adolescence and adolescents differ greatly in both the age at which they start dating and in how romantically active they are. These differences in romantic relationship experiences could be relevant for adolescents' short-and long-term psychosocial adjustment. The present study des...
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International student mobility (ISM) is an important educational means to promote the international (job market) potential of university students. Beyond that, it constitutes a context of personality development in young adulthood. With the present research, we tried to integrate the perspectives of applied and personality research in addressing th...
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Drawing on data gathered from 554 focal participants in the German Family Panel (pairfam) study surveyed at 4 time points spanning 2 intimate unions, this brief report investigated changes in 3 indicators of subjective well-being (life satisfaction, depressive symptoms, and self-esteem) across partnerships. Latent change score-modeling results show...
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This study examined sojourners' long‐term personality trait changes over five years, extending previous research on immediate sojourn effects. A sample of German students (N = 1095) was surveyed thrice (T1–T3) over the course of an academic year. Sojourners (n = 498) lived abroad shortly after T1 for one or two semesters; stayers (n = 597) remained...
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The worldwide spread of the COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted the fieldwork of surveys. The data collection efforts via the face-to-face mode have been affected especially, including the ongoing surveys that were in the field during the COVID-19 outbreak and the planned surveys scheduled for fieldwork later in 2020. We provide an account of how COVID...
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Do patterns of intimate relationship development foreshadow whether couples' unions stay together or end in separation? Integrating tenets from the enduring dynamics and emergent distress models of relationship development, we propose an accumulating distress model suggesting that the trajectories of those in dissolving partnerships (i.e., unions t...
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Individuals feel lonely when they perceive a discrepancy between their aspired and their actually experienced amount of closeness and intimacy in social relationships. In the present study, we disentangled developmental constancy factors, time-varying factors such as person-environment transactions, and stochastic mechanisms as sources of interindi...
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Individuals experience loneliness when they perceive a deficiency in the quality or quantity of their social relationships. In the present meta-analysis, we compiled data from 75 longitudinal studies conducted in Asia, Australia, Europe, and North America (N = 83, 679) to examine the rank-order and mean-level development of loneliness across the li...
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Objective: This study investigates whether relationship satisfaction, conflict frequency, and self‐disclosure follow distinct developmental trajectories for immigrant couples when compared with native‐born couples and explores the factors that explain developmental diversity for immigrant couples. Background: Despite nearly a quarter of a billion...
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The study reports on the validation of a new instrument for the assessment of emotional experiences in dreams. The Jena Dream Inventory - Affect (JeDI-A) contains 21 items and three scales, positive dream affect, negative dream affect, and dream intensity, providing a differentiated, yet economic assessment of dream affect. Cross-sectional and long...
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Individuals experience loneliness when they perceive a deficiency in the quality or quantity of their social relationships. In the present meta-analysis, we compiled data from 75 longitudinal studies conducted in Asia, Australia, Europe, and North America ($N = 83,679$) to examine the rank-order and mean-level development of loneliness across the l...
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The present study examined identity development and sociocultural adaptation (SCA) in the context of international mobility experiences. Specifically, we investigated changes and dynamic interactions of SCA and the Host and Home identity dimensions of commitment and reconsideration for adolescent sojourners. Therefore, we used data from 457 German...
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Does a new partnership differ from its preceding one? This study investigates whether relationship dynamics change as people transition from one partnership to another and examines a number of predictors that might explain variation in change trajectories. We draw on data gathered from 554 focal participants in the German Family Panel (pairfam) stu...
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Background Intensive care unit (ICU) treatment may be associated with mental symptoms such as anxiety, depressed mood, hopelessness and nightmares in critically ill patients. While many physical symptoms can be detected via standardized measures, an instrument to assess mental symptoms is actually missing. Objectives An existing validated screenin...
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Residential mobility-the change of residence within a country-is a pervasive phenomenon in 21st century societies, with the peak clearly being in young adulthood. Placing the self in geographical space has now become a major challenge for young adults, making region a key identity domain. Little is known, however, about the correlates of regional i...
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Geografische Mobilität ist ein vielschichtiges entwicklungspsychologisches Phänomen des jungen Erwachsenenalters. Sie ist zum einen eine Strategie der Entwicklung zur Erreichung und raumzeitlichen Integration von Entwicklungszielen. Zum anderen stellen geografische Mobilitätserfahrungen einen wichtigen Kontext der Entwicklung dar. In globalisierten...
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Objective: This study examined developmental trajectories of willingness to sacrifice and unmitigated communion, or putting a partner's needs above one's own to the exclusion of the self. Background: Willingness to sacrifice and unmitigated communion have proven important for personal and relationship well‐being, but no prior research has sought t...
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Individuals feel lonely when they perceive a discrepancy between their desired and their actually experienced quantity and quality of social relationships. Prior research has demonstrated the importance of loneliness for various health-related aspects. In the present article, we extend the existing literature on loneliness by investigating its role...
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This study investigated the effects of international mobility on adolescent identity development and explored the mediating role of changes in social relationships. We implemented a prospective comparative study design including 457 sojourners (German high school exchange students) and 284 non-sojourners (German adolescents who remained in Germany;...
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This is the preprint of a manuscript accepted for publication in Developmental Psychology. This study investigated the effects of international mobility on adolescent identity development and explored the mediating role of changes in social relationships. Please cite this work as: Greischel, H., Noack, P., & Neyer F. J. (in press). Oh, the Places...
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Individuals feel lonely when they perceive a discrepancy between the desired and actually experienced quantity and quality of social relationships. Prior research has demonstrated the importance of loneliness for various health-related aspects. In the present article, we extend the existing literature on loneliness by investigating its role for pre...
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Freundschaften sind freiwillige, informelle, wechselseitige, zumeist positive Beziehungen vorwiegend ohne offene Sexualität. Damit unterscheiden sich Freundschaften von Familien-, Partner- und Arbeitsbeziehungen. Sowohl in ihrer Anzahl als auch ihrer Funktion verändern sich Freundschaften über die gesamte Lebensspanne. Im Durchschnitt nimmt die Zah...
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Personality development is characterized by increasing maturation, i.e. people become more conscientious, agreeable and emotionally stable as they age. In late life however, these trends seem to be reversed. Since many changes and transitions in older age are related to health, we investigated correlated changes in health problems and personality t...
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In diesem Kapitel wird an das dynamisch-interaktionistische Paradigma angeknüpft, das von langfristigen Eigenschaftsänderungen trotz mittelfristiger Stabilität ausgeht. Wenn sich einzelne Eigenschaftswerte einer Person ändern, findet Persönlichkeitsveränderung statt. Wenn umgekehrt instabile Tendenzen des Erlebens oder Verhaltens in stabile Persönl...
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Anwendungen der empirischen Persönlichkeitspsychologie in beruflicher Praxis und Wissenschaft setzen voraus, dass die Persönlichkeitsvariation, d. h. Persönlichkeitsunterschiede in einer oder mehreren Persönlichkeitseigenschaften, empirisch beschrieben wird. Dazu müssen Personen nach ihrer Persönlichkeit klassifiziert oder ihre Persönlichkeitseigen...
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In der Psychologie wird unter der Umwelt eines Menschen die Gesamtheit aller externen Bedingungen verstanden, die sein Erleben und Verhalten beeinflussen. In der Persönlichkeitspsychologie wird dieser Umweltbegriff auf regelmäßig wiederkehrende Situationen eingegrenzt: So wie es mittelfristig stabile Persönlichkeitseigenschaften gibt, gibt es auch...
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Wie alle empirischen Wissenschaften lässt sich auch die heutige Persönlichkeitspsychologie in mehrere Paradigmen gliedern: Bündel theoretischer Leitsätze, Fragestellungen und Methoden zu ihrer Beantwortung. Diese Paradigmen lassen sich historisch bis ins 19. Jahrhundert zurückverfolgen. In diesem Kapitel werden die sechs wichtigsten Paradigmen der...
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Das Thema der psychologischen Geschlechtsunterschiede ist noch immer stark emotional und ideologisch besetzt. Hier geht es um eine nüchterne, wissenschaftliche Betrachtung dieser Geschlechtsunterschiede: Wie groß sind Geschlechtsunterschiede in welchen Persönlichkeitsmerkmalen in welchem Alter in welchen Kulturen, wie entwickeln sich diese Untersch...
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Wer sich mit der Psychologie als Wissenschaft beschäftigt, tut dies immer vor dem Hintergrund der Alltagspsychologie – der von den meisten Mitgliedern einer Kultur geteilten Annahmen über das Erleben und Verhalten von Menschen. Wissenschaftliche Persönlichkeitskonzepte gehen über diese naiven Vorstellungen hinaus. Sie lassen sich in Paradigmen glie...
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In diesem Kapitel werden inhaltliche Ergebnisse der empirischen Persönlichkeitspsychologie zu verschiedenen Persönlichkeitsbereichen exemplarisch dargestellt. Es geht also nicht darum, eine ausgewogene Übersicht über die inzwischen gewaltige Literatur zu einzelnen Persönlichkeitsbereichen zu geben, sondern an ausgewählten Beispielen typische Konstr...
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Unser Fazit: Es gilt, die genetische und kulturelle Vielfalt der Menschheit zu bewahren.
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In diesem Kapitel wird das Verhältnis von Kultur und Persönlichkeit behandelt: Wie stark variieren Persönlichkeitsunterschiede und ihre Bedingungen und Konsequenzen zwischen unterschiedlichen Kulturen und warum? Unterschiede in der Persönlichkeit zwischen Populationen werden in genetischen, ökologischen und kulturellen Unterschieden gesehen. Popula...
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This chapter shows that personality traits and social relationships are deeply entwined in a bidirectional way: Individuals select relationships partly based on their personality traits but at the same time develop across the lifespan partly in response to changes in their social environment. Life transitions are an important catalyst of changes in...
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Dieser Lehrbuch-Klassiker der Differenziellen Psychologie und Persönlichkeitspsychologie bietet alles, was Studierende und Lehrende für das Studium benötigen: Das gesamte Prüfungswissen anschaulich und lernfreundlich aufbereitet, vielfältige Online-Zusatzmaterialien auf www.lehrbuch-psychologie.de zum Lernen und Lehren und praxisnahe Bezüge zum All...
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Rooted in a relational developmental systems perspective and drawing on German Family Panel data from 3,405 focal participants and their partners surveyed for 7 years, this study examined developmental trajectories of willingness to sacrifice and unmitigated communion, or putting a partner's needs above one's own to the exclusion of the self. Findi...
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This chapter shows that personality traits and social relationships are deeply entwined in a bidirectional way: Individuals select relationships partly based on their personality traits but at the same time develop across the lifespan partly in response to changes in their social environment. Life transitions are an important catalyst of changes in...
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Although social relationships are important ingredients of life, a large body of research found either no or only marginal and scattered effects of aspects of social relationships on personality development. In the present chapter, we review evidence for relationship effects in social networks and partner relationships and argue that the importance...
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We agree with Baumert and colleagues that it is important for personality researchers to get out of the closets of their respective subfields and move personality psychology from description to explanation and towards an integrated science. Adding to the authors’ excellent review, we emphasize the need for concrete conceptual and methodological gui...
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Individuals feel lonely hen they perceive a discrepancy between the desired and actually experienced quantity and quality of social relationships. Prior research has demonstrated the importance of loneliness for various health-related aspects. In the present article, we extend the existing literature on loneliness by investigating its role for pred...
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Previous studies have documented links between sub-clinical narcissism and the active pursuit of short-term mating strategies (e.g., unrestricted sociosexuality, marital infidelity, mate poaching). Nearly all of these investigations have relied solely on samples from Western cultures. In the current study, responses from a cross-cultural survey of...
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Guided by concepts from a relational developmental perspective, this study examined intra- and interpersonal associations between self-esteem and depressive symptoms in a sample of 1,407 couples surveyed annually across 6 years in the Panel Analysis of Intimate Relations and Family Dynamics (pairfam) study. Autoregressive cross-lagged model results...
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People remember uncooperative individuals better than cooperative ones. We hypothesize that this is particularly true when uncooperative individuals belong to one’s ingroup, as their behavior violates positive expectations. Two studies examined the effect of minimal group categorization on reputational memory of the social behavior of particular in...
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What characterizes friendships in young and middle adulthood? The current chapter addresses this question with respect to four topics: (1) The importance and functions of friends in young and middle adulthood generally differ from friendships in childhood and adolescence to some degree because people experience life transitions such as entering the...
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When examining the associations between personality traits and partner relationships, the majority of studies focused on unidirectional effects showing that traits contribute to the quality and stability of relationships. Recent work, however, demonstrated that relationships likewise retroact on traits and their development. Apart from these recipr...
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This article examines changes in the co-development of personality characteristics and friendships across the lifespan. We address how personality traits shape friendship development (i.e. selection effects) and how friendships shape personality traits (i.e. socialization effects). By integrating separate empirical studies, we look at how selection...
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The U-MICS is a self-report questionnaire designed to assess the identity dimensions from a domain-specific perspective. The present study reports on the development of a short-form version for the domains of job and romantic relationship in young adults from Germany and extends this scale to include the domain of region (nSample1 = 95, 84% female,...
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How does spending a year abroad influence the personality and relationship development of adolescents? This question was studied using a prospective control group design comprising 457 sojourners (high school exchange students) and 284 control participants (German adolescents; 73.3 % female; mean age = 15.63, SD = 0.78), all of whom were assessed t...
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The present research addresses the interplay between agency motives and objective dyadic closeness with regard to the functioning of intimate couple relationships. Applying a Person Situation approach, we hypothesized (a) that partners’ implicit and explicit agency motives predict their selection of dyadic living arrangements characterized by high...
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Prior research demonstrated influences of personality traits and their development on later status of subjective health and loneliness. In the present study, we intended to extend these findings by examining mutual influences between health-related characteristics and personality traits and their development over time. German adults were assessed a...
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In this chapter, we take a closer look at social relationships and their importance for personality development. Adopting a transactional perspective, we propose that a person’s individual dispositions and her or his personal relationships interact continuously and reciprocally across the life span. Focusing on family, peers and romantic partners a...
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In many longitudinal studies, self-esteem has been shown to increase up until around age 50 or 60 and to decrease thereafter. These studies have also found substantial inter-individual differences in the intra-individual development of self-esteem. In the current study, we examined whether this variation in change could be attributed to underlying...
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What characterizes friendships in young and middle adulthood? The current chapter addresses this question with respect to four topics: (1) The importance and functions of friends in young and middle adulthood generally differ from friendships in childhood and adolescence to some degree because people experience life transitions such as entering the...
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As residential mobility is a common life event that particularly affects young adults, regional identity may be relevant for young adults. We therefore extended the three-dimensional identity model to the regional domain. The development of regional identity was studied using a prospective design over sixmonths with a sample of 1,795 post-secondary...
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Geografische Mobilität ist ein vielschichtiges entwicklungspsychologisches Phänomen des jungen Erwachsenenalters. Sie ist zum einen eine Strategie der Entwicklung zur Erreichung und raumzeitlichen Integration von Entwicklungszielen. Zum anderen stellen geografische Mobilitätserfahrungen einen wichtigen Kontext der Entwicklung dar. In globalisierten...