Dyadic concordance and associations of beliefs with intentions to learn carrier results from genomic sequencing

J Behav Med. 2021 Dec;44(6):860-866. doi: 10.1007/s10865-021-00222-0. Epub 2021 May 13.


Although romantic couple concordance has been demonstrated across a wide array of health behaviors, little research has examined dyadic concordance in health beliefs. This study examined the extent to which cohabitating romantic dyads' attitudes and beliefs coincide (i.e., dyadic concordance) in addition to how well they predict intentions to learn genomic sequencing results. The actor-partner interdependence model was applied to cross-sectional data from 81 dyads in an exome sequencing study who were surveyed about their risk perceptions, worry, information avoidance, attitudes, and intentions toward learning carrier results. Information avoidance tendencies were positively correlated between partners, but there was low concordance on other beliefs. Individuals' attitudes and information avoidance predicted their own intentions to learn results. Additionally, partners' information avoidance tendencies predicted their partner's intentions to learn results. Future research should explore mechanisms through which one's partner's information avoidance may affect one's own intentions and behaviors.

Keywords: Actor-partner interdependence model; Carrier results; Dyadic effects; Genomic sequencing; Health beliefs.

MeSH terms

  • Cross-Sectional Studies
  • Genomics
  • Health Behavior*
  • Humans
  • Intention*
  • Sexual Partners
  • Surveys and Questionnaires