Belmont University Research Symposium (BURS)

Publication Date

Spring 2023


Sciences and Mathematics, College of


Psychological Science, Department of

BURS Faculty Advisor

Dr. Patrick Morse, PhD

Presentation Type

Oral Presentation


Relationships are challenging, but can the key to relationship satisfaction boil down to understanding your partner's expression of love or simply spending more time together? Quality time, one of the five love languages, has been found to be the most common love language (Mostova et al., 2022). The love language of quality time has previously been associated with higher levels of conscientiousness, a big five personality trait positively correlated with feelings of love, intimacy, and passion (Surijah & Sari, 2018; Engel et al., 2002). The purpose of the present study is to investigate the relationship between levels of conscientiousness and quality time as well as levels of conscientiousness and relationship satisfaction. In the present study, we hypothesize that there will be a positive correlation between the conscientiousness score and relationship satisfaction as well as a positive correlation between the conscientiousness score and quality time score. This study uses a correlational design where 40 undergraduate students were asked to complete the Big Five Personality inventory, the Love Language Assessment, and a relationship satisfaction survey in a randomized order. The participants were asked to take the relationship satisfaction survey regarding their current romantic relationship if they were in one, or regarding a close friend if they were not. The proposed results of this study indicate a positive correlation between a participant’s conscientiousness score and their quality time score and a positive correlation between the conscientiousness score and relationship satisfaction. The results of this study can help individuals better understand personality variables and patterns of behavior that can correlate with their romantic relationship satisfaction. This study can help individuals know what qualities to look for in a romantic partner or encourage behaviors, such as spending more time together, that may increase relationship satisfaction overall.