Influence of Attachment Styles on Romantic Relationships

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Abstract

This investigation examined the impact of secure, anxious, and avoidant attachment styles on romantic relationships in a longitudinal study involving 144 dating couples. For both men and women, the secure attachment style was associated with greater relationship interdependence, commitment, trust, and satisfaction than were the anxious or avoidant attachment styles. The anxious and avoidant styles were associated with less frequent positive emotions and more frequent negative emotions in the relationship, whereas the reverse was true of the secure style. Six-month follow-up interviews revealed that, among those individuals who disbanded, avoidant men experienced significantly less post-dissolution emotional distress than did other people.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)971-980
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of personality and social psychology
Volume59
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 1990
Externally publishedYes

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